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Foot neuropathy after total knee replacement

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I am eight months after TKR surgery and still have major numbness in my right foot. It feels like needles and when I wear closed shoes I feel unbalanced. My surgeon says "he wasn't down there" so he doesn't understand why after surgery I have had this problem. A pa told me it could have happened from the bed I was in in the hospital! Doesn't make sense to me. The frustrating part is no one has a solution to this or what kind of doctor I should pursue to see if he/she would have a solution. I am a tennis player and need my balance to play. Also after wearing closed shoes for a couple of hours the top part of my foot starts hurting. Has anybody had this happen to them? SP

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YES! Through an ABI test (like a blood pressure test except on your legs) they found the knee surgeon pinched off my popliteal artery. It is the artery that supplies blood to your leg and foot. So it was like my foot was asleep and I couldn't put weight on it either. So they put a leg stabilizer on it so I could stand up. I had the artery opening surgery done 60 days after my TKR (2-12-2019). All I was told was it was normal to have a numb foot and to give it a year or 2 for nerves to heal. I went back to knee surgeon he said when that happens the person normally looses their leg. Now I've been told he pinched more than the artery since my foot is still a little numb but at least my foot is not cold and purple toes. Good luck in searching out what happened.

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