Podiatry/Cold foot

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Hello,
 I was wondering if you could tell me if it is normal for my toes to be so cold after surgery? I had a hip revision done almost three weeks ago. The leg is purple when I stand. ( I had another revision of the hip 3 years ago and the leg did the same thing  - purple) so that is fine but never had the toes very cold. They feel freezing . Any ideas? Thank

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Hi Deb, I am not very familiar with post operative complications from hip surgery.  Sometimes swelling in the surgical limb can cause discoloration; however, the toes should not feel cold afterwards.  If this continues, I would alert the staff at your surgeon's office so they can advise you on follow up.  Putting the leg in a dependent position or using warm water can help to increase circulation to the toes.  It may cause the limb to swell a little bit more but it would definitely help with the circulation to the digits.

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Dr. Leslie Johnston, DPM

Tampa, FL
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Leslie Johnston

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any podiatry related question. bunions, hammertoes, arthritis in foot and ankle, lumps and bumps, foot pain, ankle pain, neuromas, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot care, ulcers, neuropathy, charcot, ankle replacements, trauma, sports medicine, Achilles injuries, ankle sprains ect.

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Currently working as an Associate for Advanced Podiatry in Tampa, FL. Finished 3 year surgical residency with additional certification in rearfoot and ankle reconstruction. Worked in wound care clinic at Veteran's Hospital using advance wound care techniques.

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DPM degree earned from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine 2005-2009 completed 3 year podiatric medical and surgical residency training at James A. Haley VA 2009-2012. Board qualified status for American Board of Podiatric Surgeons in foot and rearfoot and ankle surgery 2012.

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1st runner up in Resident case presentations at annual Science and Management Symposium 2012 Who's who among colleges and universities 2009

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