Is A Swollen Calf After Foot Surgery Normal?

by Rosie
(San Antonio, Texas)

I had foot surgery on June 18, 2009.

Started walking in the big boot (up to my knee) on July 31, 2009 when my pins were taken out. On August 8th - my calf started to hurt. On August 12 walking in the little post op boot.

Now my calf is swollen by the end of each day.

Is this common after surgery? My toes aren't swollen, but the calf is.



Joshua Answers:

Hi Rosie. Thanks for asking.

Is it normal to have a swollen calf after foot surgery? Hmmmm. Not really.

Is it normal to have a swollen calf when wearing the boot? More normal. Or at least, not surprising.

But really before I said that, I should have asked a few questions.

1. Foot surgery for what?

2. How long after the original surgery did you have swelling in the calf? Or was it after pins came out? Or was it after switching to the smaller boot?

3. When it gets swollen, how long does it stay swollen?

4. How long do you wear the boot?

5. What is the relationship between your calf pain and the swelling?

6. Any other symptoms in the foot/leg?

7. How much area of the calf is swollen? The toes and foot aren't, just the calf, correct?

8. How old are you?

9. How is your health in general? Or, any other health issues?

Answer those questions and I will have a better idea of what you have going on, and will be able to give you a more accurate answer.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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Aug 14, 2009
Is A Swollen Calf After Foot Surgery Normal?
by: Aldo

Hello Joshua

I recommend go to the doctor or emergency room immediately, I prefer emergency room, they do everything at once and perform a complete study, this could be a sign of a blood clot in the leg, one of the problems after surgery just to be sure



Joshua Answers:

Hey Aldo.

It's certainly not a bad suggestion to go to the doctor and get an ultrasound Deep Vein Thrombosis test.

The symptoms as she described didn't set my alarms off. DVT usually includes constant swelling instead of just at the end of the day, and discoloration, and more pain than she described.

Having said that, it can never hurt to be sure, absolutely.

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