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Hello, I am new on here. Just had a TKA 3 days ago and the foot on the same size feels like I am walking with a block of ice attached to my foot. I am scared that this may be permanent. What is the likelihood that the nerve was damaged during surgery or is it acting this way because of swelling. There is numbness top and bottom of foot. Can’t control big toe or little toe. Anyone ever experienced this? Did you get better??
 

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Hello @Gasoline19 - and :welome:

Am I correct in thinking the date of your knee replacement is March 4th, 2021? Which knee was it?
If you can tell us that, we can put the information in your signature, so that we don't have to keep going back to your first post.
Thank you.:flwrysmile:

The nerve may be affected by swelling, so your numbness should settle down. Make sure that your surgeon knows about it now, and let him/her know if it doesn't start to improve.
It's still very early days in this year-long recovery, much too early to worry about the numbness being permanent.

What you can do to help is to spend as much time as you can resting icing and elevating your knee, to try to reduce some of the swelling.

There are instructions about icing and elevation in the articles I'll give you in our recovery guidelines, below:
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.

People are all different, as are the approaches to this recovery and rehab. The key is, “Find what works for YOU.“ Your doctor(s), physiotherapist(s) and BoneSmart are here to help, but you are the final judge as to the recovery approach you choose.
2. Control discomfort:
rest
elevate
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)
don't overwork.

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
the BoneSmart view on exercise
BoneSmart philosophy for sensible post op therapy

5. Try to follow this
Activity progression for TKRs

6. Access to these pages on the website
Oral And Intravenous Pain Medications
Wound Care In Hospital

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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My surgery was March 3rd, 2021. Right knee.
 

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Thank you for the date of your surgery. I have added it to your signature for you.

Your swelling could be pressing on a nerve causing your numbness. Ice and elevate as much as you can. This will help to get your swelling down.
 

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also you should have someone check the color of your toes and feel your foot to make sure the circulation is good. If it doesn't settle down you can have The PT or a nurse check It out.
 

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