how do I increase the blood circulation so the throbbing isn't so bad

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So I went to see my doctor yesterday, and I asked him for a medication change because the oxycodones were making me constipated and anxious. I asked for something Non-narcotic because I have to go to school so he gave me Meloxicam (mobic). I took it but it doesn't help at all. I really want to try some over the counter meds but I don't know what I should buy. The doctor also said I can start putting pressure on my foot. He said I should start walking on it right away with the crutches. when I got home I was walking like crazy it was amazing. I took a nap and went to sleep and woke up and my foot was throbbing so bad. the doctor told me that my foot should not be throbbing any more every time I take it out of elevation. He said the throbbing is from not wiggling my toes and not rotating my ankle. He said the throbbing is from my foot not getting any blood circulation. He re bandaged me as well. This is day 8 of my surgery. Oh I've been wiggling my toes and rotating my ankle but I was wondering if there was more I could do to circulate the blood.

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    It is early days for you, what you have been doing is OK. Also make sure you keep it elevated, I would not walk very far but rest it and keep up the wriggling and ankle exercises. I did not even try walking until at least 2.

    For painkillers have you tried ibruprofen and paracetamol .

    You are doing ok but take it slowly and rest, early days yet.

    Take care

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    I found ice helped a lot to reduce the swelling and throbbing. The keys to recovery I think are: rest, elevation and ice. You need to have your foot elevated above the level of your heart. You can put pillows under your mattress to elevate your foot at night.

    Sometimes if the swelling was bad I would raise my leg and foot right up and wiggle my toes and rotate my ankle until it felt better.

    Good luck, Beth

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    In addition to rotating the ankle and moving it up and down....all very gently, I liked to do some gentle knee bends. You can feel the blood circulating when you do that. Also, I tried to get up every hour to walk for 5 or 10 minutes, depending on how the foot felt.

    Good luck !


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