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Pain in the foot post ortho surgery - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Is it possible to have a phone conversation/
Doctor :   I am Dr. XXX
User :   Hi Doctor, I just had a small broken bone removed from fifth metatarsal, Stitches taken out after 15 days, but my foot hurts a lot after that. The pain arise from my fingers and travel up- to my heel and up. The bottom part of my foot is fluffy and pale. I am taking ibuprofen 600mg. What will you suggest for me?
Doctor :   You can use the hot fomenation along with Ibuprofen to reduce the pai
Doctor :   It is not good to have too many painkillers a day
Doctor :   Some times in your daily dose, replace Ibuprofen to Hotfomentation
User :   what is hot fomentation?
Doctor :   Putting legs in hot water bucket for sometime
Doctor :   to reduce teh severity of pain
Doctor :   Cold compresses with Ice cubes near the area of the much pain is also good
User :   The pain travels through my foot. I can not sleep at night even though I elevate my foot. Why does the pain travels from the finger tips upto my upper ankle?
Doctor :   It is highly sensitive at that area
Doctor :   and you have to take good pain killers and sedatives at night before sleep
Doctor :   otherwise you cannot sleep
Doctor :   Ask your doctor about them
User :   what kind of sedatives?
Doctor :   Low dose sedatives which can both reduces the anxiety, pain and can be sleep inducing
User :   Could there be a possibility of an infection after surgery which is causing this pain?
Doctor :   yes there is a possibility
Doctor :   But everyone is put on antibiotics for certain time
Doctor :   to prevent infection
Doctor :   Some unfortunately still get infection
User :   what could be signs of an infection?
User :   My doctor did not give me any antibiotics.
User :   Only Codine for pain
Doctor :   Pain, swelling, redness, and loss of function of
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I think that is not sufficient for you
Doctor :   and that is why you still have pain
Doctor :   You can still call your doctor and say about your pain
Doctor :   he may give you higher doses
User :   But do you think I need antibiotics?
Doctor :   I am not sure if you have infection
Doctor :   Hence it is a good decision after a physical examinatin
User :   How long do you think the healing process should take after surgery?
Doctor :   Three months I believe
User :   So your recommendation is continue taking the pain killers and fotmentation
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   Hot fomentation
Doctor :   Ice compressions
Doctor :   Pain killers
Doctor :   are the three ways to be away from pain
User :   Okay thank you.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   Thank you.
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