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I am 5 weeks post bilateral fem pop bypass.  About 2 weeks after surgery I ended up with what felt like rocks on the bottom of my left foot causing a blue color on the bottom of the foot and a few toes.  My doctor said it was due to placque from the artery wall going down into the foot after surgery.  It gradually got better until I tried to walk around the store for about 45 minutes.  The next day I could barely walk on it again.  The doc said it was from walking too much.  This time within a few days I could walk normally again until I woke up this morning.  It is extremely painful across the entire ball of the foot and I can't put pressure on it and I didn't do anything yesterday to aggravate it.  Is this something I will have to live with the rest of my life?  What aggravates this condition and what can I do to avoid flareups?  Thank you.

sorry so liongtoanswer. thissoounds to me like your nerves are starting to wake up agaiin from the restored bloodflow. i suggest yo get to an orthotist adn get a good pair of custom inserts for your shoes to cushion your feet as you walk, hope this helps lauri

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I can answer your questions related to your circulation, your peripheral vascular system. This includes all arteries and veins except those inside the head and inside the heart. For example, neck (carotid), arms (carotid subclavian bypasses to Thoracic Outlet) belly (aortic aneurysm & occlusive disorders, renal artery stenosis), legs (iliac, femoral, popliteal, peroneal, dorasalis pedis, posterior and anterior tibial) arteries. Aneurysm & occlusive disease, atherosclerosis, leg pain, arterial wounds and gangrene, amputation prevention. Arterial Bypass, Reynaud’s, Buerger's disease (thromboangiitis obliterans), Thoracic Outlet and other circulation disorders. Vein disorders: Blood Clots (DVT), post-phlebetic syndrome, varicose veins, venous stasis ulcers. I can help with vascular wounds from diagnosis to treatments. I have worked extensively with VNUS Closure and EVLT (Laser) for varicose veins and can describe pre and post procedure expectations and describe the procedures themselves. I can't help with spider veins or cosmetic vein treatment, we don't do it. I have 15 years of wound care experience, arterial, venous, trauma and diabetic wounds for example. **I CANNOT answer questions about STENTS or STENTING, heart disease, blood pressure, brain aneurysm although I can help with questions about the arteries that go to and from those organs.


I am a nurse, I worked for 15 years with two terrific peripheral vascular surgeons, and one of them is also the inventor of very innovative wound care products and surgical instruments to make vascular surgery procedures better and faster. I wrote and manage the clinic website and field questions from patients all over the world. I am now working with another vascular surgeon and wound care expert, which has given me an opportunity to widen my horizons as I learn another excellent physician's preferences and benefit from his experiences in this amazing specialty.

I am an LPN, licensed in Minnesota

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