Triple foot fusion post op swelling

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hi I had a triple fusion 15 weeks now and I'm in so much pain, the swelling is unbelievable, I actually thought that I would be up and about now , is this normal the slightest bit of activity and I have to elevate it , my ankle feels like it's sprained, I'm still using crutches to get about and I'm staring physio next week I'm sat here typing and I can feel it swelling because it's not elevated I spent near on three months with my foot up and feel a bit of a fraud now the cast is off , I just want to know if this is normal ? Scans revealed fusion a success. Anybody out there has similar ? Thank yo

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    Hi Maxio. I had big toe fusion back in November 2015, and the swelling does last for quite a while I'm afraid.  I was told swelling could last up to a year. To start with my whole foot would swell, but it gradually gets less and less, and eventually its more the site of op.  Obviously you've had more done than I did, so would think the swelling may be more in your case.  I would ask about it at your next hospital appointment, but in the meantime, keep yout foot elevated when you're not walking about, and don't over do it.  Don't feel a fraud. This is a big operation you've had, and there's alot of healing to be done. I know it's difficult, but it takes time! Good luck with it all.  

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    Hi Maxio

    I've had both my feet reconstructed and finally back on my feet afyer 2 n a half long years!

    Swelling is a bad word in foot surgery recovery!!

    I was surprised too at how long I had swelling.

    8 months with my r foot and only 4 months with my l foot. As soon as I put it down it swelled!

    As long as you are sure you haven't got an infection ide say you are probably doing too much too soon .

    If you are worried try and speak to your surgeon or a qualified medic in the field.

    It will seem like it's never going to stop swelling....it will. Hang in there!

    Nikky

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      Thank you I was getting really worried something had 'come undone!'  My scars have healed nicely so no infection there however I do know it could still get infected, pain stops when I elevate my foot , sore to touch though and I really need crutches to walk otherwise I'm in so much pain , I really am beginning to think I was no where mentally prepared for this op and perhaps should have done a bit of research having said that I think I'm over the worst I can at least make a cuppa and shower by myself! Thank you so much for your kind word of encouragement, means a lot x

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    I'm about 8 weeks out of surgery and if I put my down for even just 5 minutes it begins burning and looks like fat sausages. I can't use crutches because having my foot dangle like that makes it sting, so I'm still in a wheelchair. Last time I had surgery, it swelled up like a balloon for months after (almost 5 months). My feet and ankles took a long time to heal and the swelling was a problem for what seemed like nearly 6 months post. What medications and vitamins are you taking?

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      Hi I'm not taking any meds regularly and when I do it's cocodamol on prescription I don't take any vitamins , do you think that I should ? Thanks for replying it's nice to know I'm not alone! 

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      Yes, I've been taking vitamins daily and what a difference they have made. I went totally off pain meds at 3 weeks post and the last surgeries, I was in agony for over 2 months. This stuff, Kirkland Ubiquinol 200mg, really helps speed up healing time. I googled what to take to curb recovery time and have been taking everything on the list. My incisions are almost completely closed up as well. Here's my progression: 

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