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Is the pain in bending / straightening arm due to my use of crutches after bilateral bunionectomy in toes ?

Nearly three weeks ago, I had a bilateral bunionectomy to alleviate pain in my big toes. I ve been using crutches ever since, and two days ago, I woke up with moderate pain in my elbow. It gradually faded over the course of the day, so I wasn t overly concerned until it came back again the next morning. Today, I woke up to severe pain in my elbow, along the outside, and I am unable to completely bend or straighten my right arm. I ve been icing it down all day, and tried a heating pad , too, but the pain has barely alleviated. Is this due to my use of crutches?
Asked On : Thu, 9 Jun 2011
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may be your elbow has been sprained while using the crutches
see the length of the crutches ,it should be suitable for your height
while using crutches pressure on elbow jointmay be the reason for pain
but itching can not be explained
avoid using crutches till pain is no more there
take acelfenac100 mg 2 times after meals and parcetamol tab 650 mg 3 times
consult orthopaedic surgeon and get a check up and treatment
Answered: Thu, 9 Jun 2011
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