Lower Leg Pain After A TKR?

Hi everyone. Do you suffer lower leg pain after a tkr? I know I sure did. Since some of you have approached me wondering about this topic, I thought it is time to write a blog post about it.

My pain started when I first started walking after my total knee replacement (tkr). The pain would get worse when I walked for any length of time. As I progressed in my recuperation, the pain would be sporadic.

Sometimes this pain was accompanied by a strange swelling on the front of my calf. The swelling was about 2 inches below my knee, more towards the outer side of my calf. This is when I used the R.I.C.E. Technique to calm everything down.

There were days, when I was overdoing my exercise, when I would have lower leg pain after my tkr. This also happened when doing steps, stairs, or lifting items. I have written about symptoms of overdoing it in other tkr blog posts throughout this site.

Hope my insight into lower leg pain after a tkr is helpful. Just remember…with persistence, work, and time…it does get better.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader and CureClick Ambassador.

5 thoughts on “Lower Leg Pain After A TKR?”

  1. Let’s talk about sleep after tkr. Pain is worse at night and sleep is not a good experience. Any help would be appreciated. I know this is to be expected but wondering how others handle this. I do not look forward to nighttime.

  2. Hi Nancy,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your tkr comment.I have written about sleeping concerns in other posts/articles on my site. Have you taken a look around?
    Also, I have a book available titled “Dealing With Insomnia After A TKR” which you may find very useful. It is a compilation of over 100 real-life patient stories. There is more information on my Booktoots’ Book page.
    Here is the link:

    Hope this helps.
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  3. I have terrible muscle spasms in my calves, physical therapy caused the pain to be excruciating beginning a few hour after therapy. I am seeing my Chiropractor this week to see if he can help.

  4. Hi Jeri,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your tkr rehab comment. I also left a private message for you via email.
    Your experiencing the same thing I was at your stage of tkr rehab. fyi.
    Hang in there and keep in touch!

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