swollen feet post hip replacement

Posted by lotsofpain @lotsofpain, Mar 13 6:54am

This may be in the wrong group admin move if you think it can be better placed
7 weeks after successful total hip replacement my ankles and feet have swollen up , more on the left which is the side I had the operation , feet shiny

Not been very mobile so maybe that’s it, Am on diuretics which make me wee a lot but are not doing anything for my feet

Anyone got any ideas, I have read kinesio taping help any experience here ?

@lotsofpain I am sorry to hear of your swollen feet post-surgery. You will notice I did edit the title of your post and moved it into the Joint Replacement Group so that others with hip replacement experience can join the conversation.

I did notice you were also able to connect with @contentandwell and @peggyp in the Hip Replacement discussion where they shared some helpful information on taping and compression stockings. Have you tried either of those suggestions?

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@lotsofpain, I think it's normal to have swelling in the legs and feet for at least 4 to 6 weeks after a hip or knee replacement. I had a knee replacement in 2019 and was not icing and elevating my leg enough when I was at home recovering. @sueinmn may also be able to share some suggestions along with her experience. Here are some questions and answers on hip and knee replacements you might find helpful.

Hip Replacement Recovery: Q&A with a Hip and Knee Specialist: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/hip-replacement-recovery-qa

Are you doing any icing and elevating of the legs during the day?

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cant seem to find those now please advise but its both feet so may be unrelated to hip replacement

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Sorry to hear you are having these issues. I looked at some earlier posts and it seems to have been going on for some time. Bilateral swelling to the point where skin is shiny indicates that it is probably not the hip surgery causing your issues – now it is time to see your primary physician.

I understand how pain keeps us immobile, but frequent exercise for the sake of healing, and for moving fluid it is important. Can you get up and walk a few minutes at least every hour? Even at a slow pace it will help. Also, if you do not move that new hip, it will never get good mobility.

Two more things that can help when seated are elevating legs above the heart and doing "ankle pumps" almost continuously (in addition to walking.)

Are you monitoring your blood pressure? I am concerned about the amount of fluid you seem to retaining having a negative effect.

Let us know what you learn when you see the doc.
Sue

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@lotsofpain

cant seem to find those now please advise but its both feet so may be unrelated to hip replacement

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@lotsofpain I agree with @sueinmn it is probably not the surgery, but it could be the lack of mobility. I know it's tough, but you do need to try to get up and move around every hour for at least 5 minutes. Sue's other suggestions are good too I think. Plus, use some compression stockings, even mild compression can help.

The only time I had so much swelling in my feet and ankles it was from an entirely different cause so you do need to try to distinguish what it's from. Hopefully your PCP can help with that. I had this last year and mine sent me for a couple of ultrasounds which ended up not showing anything so it was thought I had Chronic Venous insufficiency but I'm not sure that was accurate either because they seem to be fine now.
JK

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Medication = diuretics not doing a lot to reduce swelling nor is exercise I am wondering about kinesio taping is there any evodemce it could help

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@lotsofpain

Medication = diuretics not doing a lot to reduce swelling nor is exercise I am wondering about kinesio taping is there any evodemce it could help

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Have you talked to your docs about the swelling? If it is persisting, I would be concerned by fluid load on heart and circulatory system. Do compression stockings help? Have you tried elevation above heart level and ankle/foot pumps?
Yes, Kinesio taping can help lymphedema, but precise placement and tension need to be figured out by a trained therapist based on your specific situation. It is usually an adjunct treatment, used with other PT, exercise, massage, and possibly meds to moblize the fluid.
Let us know how you progress.
Sue

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I am taking diuretics but had to reduce them as they appeared to be lovering my blood pressure too much and i was dizzy though i am on antibiotics for a sinus / gum infection so thar won't have helped and when I complete the course we make this the water tablets again but not seem to be having any effect on the swelling. It's hard to get to see a GP in person at the moment due to covid-19 that I am seeing an osteopath next week about my bent over posture and my feet so I will discuss stockings and taping with her but yes i am elevating my feet

Thanks

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