Being Safe While Walking On Ice With A TKR

Hey all you mugs..Oh, oh. It looks like those 50’s gangster movies are rubbing off. Reverse…Hi everyone!

For those of us in colder climates, it is the season that ice can sneak up on us. It is important to watch for it in all situations, let alone when dealing with a tkr. Ice can appear inconspicuous. Here are some helpful suggestions…

Wear proper footwear. Be sure you are wearing good treaded shoes. Smooth soles have a tendency to slide far too easily. Hiking boots are excellent and well worth the investment.

Feel first. This means before taking a step, test the area. Put your foot on the surface and slide it a bit. Be sure to hold onto something else for security purposes. I usually test a 2-inch area. It only takes a few seconds, but can save much hardship.

Watch out for snow. This may sound easy, but it is interesting how some people forget that ice may exist underneath the snow. Snow provides traction, but walking too quickly increases risks of falling or slipping.

Inform others. It may seem kind of foolish to inform others of your condition, but not everyone knows that you have an artificial knee. You are prone to increased risks that others may not have to deal with. Think of yourself and your safety first. Safety first is a great motto to follow.

Avoid tensing up. That may be easier said than done, but the more your muscles tense up, the more likely you are to injure yourself. Just use caution.

Don’t trust others opinions. I have known people who failed to clean private property of snow and ice, yet tell others that it is okay to walk on. Listen to your own intuition.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

NOTE: Let the records show that nothing beats watching an Edgar G. Robinson movie, complete with the gangster lingo, for an entertaining way to spend some time! The only drawback is bursting out laughing or chuckling while on a public treadmill. 🙂

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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. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Detached Toenail & A TKR

Hi my favorite readers! Recently, something happened that I believe is worthy of sharing. It might happen to you. So..I’m hoping my insight can provide some useful information.

If you’re like me, you were told the importance of staying away from infections after your tkr. An infection can easily lead to a new joint replacement. And…who wants that?

Here’s the story…One of the after effects of my car accident (35+ years ago), was a double toe nail. It’s the middle toe on each foot. Don’t ask me why. It just happened and I live with it.

Well…upon enjoying a wonderful excursion that involved A LOT of walking on a variety of surfaces, one of these double toe nails became loose. It happened after 2.5 days of walking.

The first symptoms were pain, a slight redness, and discomfort when walking. I took a break and checked my feet. My one toe was obviously overstressed, so I put an extra bandage on it to prepare for more walking. My foot check didn’t show anything out of the ordinary. I just figured I was walking too much. I took short breaks throughout the day. I elevated my leg at night.

The second day, the pain was becoming more intense. Walking was not fun, especially downhill. It was very trying. I needed more breaks. It didn’t help that the person I was with yelled at me to “MAN UP!!”, while storming away. ( I have forgiven that behavior, but am not tolerating it. We’re no longer friends..BTW..) When I did a foot check at day’s end, the toenail was still in place. I did the bandage, cleaning, and elevating routine again.

On the third day, something told me I needed to do an extra foot check before starting my walking activities. My toenail was partially detached from the toe bed. It was the strangest thing I’ve seen. The nail was held in place on each side by a thin piece of skin. I could press on the end of my nail and see my nail bed. Whoa…I put on extra bandages until I could apply more first aid.

My first reaction…”I CAN’T GO SWIMMING!!!” I thought I was destined to two years of purgatory land-based exercises. Yikes…I then heard that all I needed to do was keep it wrapped up. Still…to be truthful…I’m extremely diligent about AVOIDING infections at all cost. I was scared.

So…I got home, bought some Neosporin, a ton of bandages and did home-based first aid. When swimming, I applied waterproof bandages that were ok. After every swim, I would gently dry the toe, apply some new antiseptic, and change the bandage. I did this every morning and night, also.

As of today’s writing, I would like everyone to know..I am the proud owner of a new toe nail. 🙂 So far, it is a single toe nail. Woohoo!! It took about two months to grow. I am very blessed to have a healthy immune system and good common sense.

End of detached toenail story. Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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7 Months After a Total Knee Replacement

Hi my favorite readers! After taking my walk around the motorcycle course for the 5th time, and 3 times up and down the hill – there are results.  While propping my leg up on a pillow and icing it, I noticed I can feel my knee cap along with the entire knee. What a nice thing to have happen…finally!  Every small step (figuratively and realistically) matters.

Woohoo!!  (I’m kind of wondering if I should let the cat out of the bag since it’ll probably swell back up tomorrow. 🙂 )

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