The Foot Is Still Swollen And Feels Stiff After 1 Month Of Casts?
I want to ask my foot after the ops, how come it’s still swollen, even though it’s already been a month … Then, when the heel is bent, how come it doesn’t work?
Hello Nina Mega, thank you for the question.
Casts are generally installed after fracture surgery. These casts cause a feeling of discomfort, swelling, and can cause skin irritation, but the installation of these casts is important to accelerate the healing of broken bones, prevent collisions, reduce the movement and contraction of muscles in the injured part. After the cast is often swollen, to overcome this you can elevate the part of the body where the cast is higher than the heart so that blood flow can more easily return to the heart and reduce swelling, move the fingers on the part where the cast is glued, cold compresses on the mounting location for 15-30 minutes every few hours. for how to care for casts can be read here care casts. Because the function of the cast is to limit movement, stiffness in the joints and muscles often occurs because it has not been moved for a long time. The doctor will usually recommend a physiotherapy procedure if bone healing is possible. If swelling still occurs mainly accompanied by pain, you should consult back to the orthopedic doctor who operated on you, the doctor will ask for complaints and do a physical re-examination at the installation location, and if necessary also a supporting examination. It is better to keep the cast dry, keep the body clean around the cast, keep doing activities such as moving the joints that are not wrapped in a cast so it is not stiff.
Thus, hopefully useful.