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I had surgery 4 weeks ago, everything seems to be going good, hardly any pain and can now walk without a walker or came. My question is...my operated knee seems to be fine however my foot itself is turned outward...is that a muscle problem that has to develop in time or is it a surgery problem?
 

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Welcome to BoneSmart, glad you joined us! :welome:

.is that a muscle problem that has to develop in time or is it a surgery problem?
It could be one or both, if you are being seen by PT have them look at your motor control of your leg and hip muscles. Any one or combination of them could be resulting in your foot turning out.
Sounds like you are doing well and this is something that will work itself out as you heal.

Please post your surgery date, a moderator will add it to your signature for you. Having the exact date will help us properly advise you. Thanks!

Here is your copy of the Knee Recovery Guidelines, the articles are short and will not take long to read.

Knee Recovery: The Guidelines
1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
2. Control discomfort:
rest
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​

3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you​
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​

4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these

5. At week 4 and after you should follow this

6. Access these pages on the website


The Recovery articles:
The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?
Energy drain for TKRs
Elevation is the key
Ice to control pain and swelling
Heel slides and how to do them properly
Chart representation of TKR recovery
Healing: how long does it take?

Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

There are also some cautionary articles here
Myth busting: no pain, no gain
Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds


We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery.

While members may create as many threads as they like in the majority of BoneSmart’s forums, we ask that each member have only One Recovery Thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review the member’s history before providing advice, so please post any updates or questions you have right here in this thread.
 

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I noticed the same thing. Don't remember paying any attention prior to surgery. My PT said it was a choice to put foot straight so I consciously remind myself. Retrain myself. I try to keep it straight when sitting and standing.
 
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