Foot pain post arthroscopic knee surgery

Posted by cmartz @cmartz, Feb 18 1:19pm

I had arthroscopic knee surgery 11 weeks ago. Cleaned out a lot of arthritis behind knee cap, snipped torn meniscus on the inside of the knee, and also had stem cells inserted in two areas to regrow cartilage. About a month post surgery I started having foot pain, roving at first, then settled in the area of the inner side upper part of the foot (not the arch, although sometimes that bone hurts). The foot actually hurt more than the knee.

Have been doing some PT and stretching of the foot and the pain isn't as intense, but it's gone back to roving and I limp more because of the foot than the knee.

What could be the cause of this foot pain after arthroscopic knee surgery? Thank you for any insight you can provide.

Welcome to Connect, @cmartz.
According to this study, one of the major causes of pain after arthroscopic knee surgery is nerve entrapment or nerve compression. Some typical examples are: pain in the ball of the foot after neuroma surgery or pain radiating down the leg to the foot after knee surgery, or persistent heel pain even after plantar fascia surgery. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5672866/

I’d like to bring @ellerbracke @anniebrook @grandmar @lynnwade54 @santi into this discussion, as they might be able to offer their thoughts about the foot pain.You may also be interested in reading this discussion:
– knee scope https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/knee-scope/
– When to start PT https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/when-to-start-pt/

Although this discussion is titled, "scar tissue after knee replacement” https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/scar-tissue-after-knee-replacement/ there are many fellow members – @rayreich3 @dickiedo @amywood20 and many others – whose experiences might also provide some insight into the pain you are experiencing.

What does your doctor say, @cmartz? How are you managing the pain at present?

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Welcome to Connect, @cmartz.
According to this study, one of the major causes of pain after arthroscopic knee surgery is nerve entrapment or nerve compression. Some typical examples are: pain in the ball of the foot after neuroma surgery or pain radiating down the leg to the foot after knee surgery, or persistent heel pain even after plantar fascia surgery. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5672866/

I’d like to bring @ellerbracke @anniebrook @grandmar @lynnwade54 @santi into this discussion, as they might be able to offer their thoughts about the foot pain.You may also be interested in reading this discussion:
– knee scope https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/knee-scope/
– When to start PT https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/when-to-start-pt/

Although this discussion is titled, "scar tissue after knee replacement” https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/scar-tissue-after-knee-replacement/ there are many fellow members – @rayreich3 @dickiedo @amywood20 and many others – whose experiences might also provide some insight into the pain you are experiencing.

What does your doctor say, @cmartz? How are you managing the pain at present?

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It was diagnosed as extensor hallucis tendonitis. I'm doing some foot stretching and it's getting better.

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