shin and calf pain following Total Knee Replacement

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shin and calf pain folliwing TKR

I get pain in my shin and outer calf. Also my ankle.It is worse than the actual knee. this is in my right leg, TKRCno. 2 which was done on OCT 21st. 4 weeks ago. Knee no. 1 is doing fine, only a bit of stiffness and accasional ache. The hamstring in that leg was cramping but I fixed that with magnesium. I did walk 1 km today, I find walking helps stiffness and makes me feel better mentally. any tips

to get rid of the shin pain???

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I suspect you may have been favoring the leg and walking with a limp or at least not going with a full stride. Now you are walking correctly and all of the muscles/nerves are resetting themselves and its putting a strain on the entire leg. As you know, excercise, ice and time are your biggest allies.

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It was interesting hearing you have pain in your shin & ankle too because that’s exactly where I’m having pain ( same leg as TKR) and it IS worse than the TKR pain at times. What scares me though is that I’m way ahead of you (16 1/2 weeks) and don’t know why the pain is starting now!

I suspect the foot & ankle pain ( in my case) is arthritis but I’m hoping the shin pain is due to what old fat guy said and will eventually go away.

You are a brave person having both done so close in time. You are still in early stages but it sounds like you are progressing well despite the shin & ankle pain.

Good luck on your journey!

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Hello forest

i too have the pain in my calf and ankle and suddenly my knee seems to have stiffened up again I’m 10 weeks post op

but what old fat guy says definitely makes sense

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hi forest… this is very interesting! i honestly thought i was the only one with these symptoms. i don’t have shin pains, but it starts on the side of the knee, on the top of the fibula (next to the tibia), runs all the way down my calf and then over the top of my foot. it is like an ache, like a pulling, but it can be very painful. i have had this since the day of the operation, it drove me to distraction. it use to be constant and has slowly, slowly decreased over the weeks.

i find massaging my calf helps (quite vigorously), sometimes with tiger balm, or getting on the bendy machine, so exercising, really helps. but i also think it is the nerves and soft tissue settling in. or i hope! in any case, it takes patience.

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Hi Forest, do you get the pain when you’re resting or just when you’re walking? I’m suffering from pain at the back of the leg down the calf but mine is really only when i walk. Mine doesn’t seem to have improved in the last month – I’m 17 weeks post op now – so it’s very frustrating. I’ve been told it’s muscle weakness as my leg was so bent before the op so maybe that’s the case with you too. I keep doing exercises to strengthen the muscles but progress is very slow!

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