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Hydrotherapy was excellent. Calm, gentle and delighted with how my knee moved. Flexion guessed at 95-100 but hard to tell in water. Bat home both flexion and extension take a while, so I choose a position and just sit awhile and let time and gravity work.
 

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In general the anti-inflammatories can cause stomach issues, so it's good to be cautious with them. Some people think they really help and others don't.

I took anti-inflammatories with knee #1 and didn't with knee #2. I recovered fine each way.
 
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Josephine, Celle, sistersinhim and all. Worrying problem. Woke up today with itchy toes, checked and big sore patches, looked terrible. Rushed to GP and he says it is athlete's foot! Has given me cream and to wash feet with tea tree oil, dry carefully and put on cream twice a day. Can't believe it came on so quick. Total panic because of possibility of infection, cellulitis. Any advice gratefully received.?....
 

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Athlete's foot can spread if you scratch the itch and then touch other parts of your body, including your groin (jock itch) and the skin under your arms. It can also spread to other parts of your body via contaminated sheets or clothing.

You can read more here
 

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Have you ever had athletes foot before?
 
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Thanks Josephine, will read up on it. No idea where I got it from, I did hydrotherapy Monday but that would be too quick. @Jockette, no I have never had it before!!! Doc thinks its from wearing the antiembolism socks in the hot weather. I could SO do without this additional worry.
 

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@Jockette, no I have never had it before!!! Doc thinks its from wearing the antiembolism socks in the hot weather. I could SO do without this additional worry.
Did he say you could take off the socks?

Yes, you certainly could do without this additional worry.
 

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My husband and son deal with athlete's foot all of the time. My husband has always caught it easily, and he uses antifungal cream on his feet/toes ANY and EVERY time he sees peeling or cracking skin, or if it gets itchy. My son has already dealt with it too. They both do martial arts in their bare feet though, which is a common way to pick it up.

I also get minor spots of it, even though I have my own shower and share it with no one. It's mostly cracking under my toes, if I'm not careful to dry my feet well after showering. I had it start a couple of weeks ago after this TKR, as that leg doesn't bend a lot yet and is just now feeling more normal----it just made me take extra care, as I knew I might skimp a little on drying my toes because of the inconvenience.
 
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Thanks ladies. I forgot to ask him about the socks as I was so freaked by the idea of a fungal infection that can allow infection in!!! Doc told me to watch out for any spread of red coloration down into my feet which can be the start of cellulitis!! Am now permanently checking my feet. I have cut the toe of each sock so now all toes are free!! Will ring OS' secretary tomorrow, explain situation and ask if he can let me know about the socks. Have binned all my current antiembolism socks as I can't boil wash them and am now using the ones I had left from my THR. Have boil washed all the bedding, towels and pillow cases (I use pillows to elevate), hovered all the carpets, disinfected the bath/shower and binned the bath mat. Am now exhausted. I just keep thinking about infection and all the terrible problems it can lead to with artificial joints. Oh heck ......
 
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Also, Doc told me to soak feet in warm water with tea tree oil for 15 mins twice a day then dry feet very carefully and put on the Terbinafine Hydrochloride cream he gave me.
On the plus side Katy knee is being so well behaved that I almost forgot her a couple of times today..
 

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What an aggravating thing to have to deal with, with a new knee. I pray you keep it under control.
 
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Good news! OS says I can stop wearing the anti-embolism socks AND not to panic 're the athletes foot as the chances of a secondary infection or cellulitis are very low. So feeling much less panicky. Phew. Knee much happier since socks gone and is looking more knee shaped. Picture attached!!
 

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My surgeon said I could stop wearing the socks at about 10 days post op.
 
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Thanks all. Yes, I am very pleased with Katy knee. Went out for coffee and danish pastry today, which was lovely. Dog walking going well too, an easy 20mins. Very little swelling, unless I am just standing (washing up or ironing mainly) and it goes quickly with ice and a short elevate. Am getting rid of elevation pillows in bed as i have slid off them twice now, which is painful!! Am being careful to keep sandals on when i am up and walking, but am sitting in garden with feet in the fresh air whenever I can to help get rid of this athletes foot!
 

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I got athlete's foot after my surgery and believe that it had much to do with wearing compression socks all of the time. I've heard good things about the tea tree oil - I just used OTC ointments after washing and carefully drying my feet and toes twice a day. Took a couple of weeks, but now it is gone. Good luck - it should go away soon if you treat it.
 

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I've had athlete's foot several times, always in hot weather. I find that, once it appears to have healed with the the anti-fungal cream, putting anti-fungal powder between my toes for at least a week seems to prevent a recurrence.
 

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