Question - I was reading previous post and someone mentioned using ice packs on their shins and ankles after surgery. I was looking into an "ice boot/shoe" but now I am wondering if you need to ice the foot, or the ankle & shin?
The problem right after surgery is that you will probably be in some sort of large surgical bandage and putting ice on top of that won't make any difference because the cold can't get through. So icing just above the bandage cools the blood going down to the foot and thereby cools the foot.
My OS had me put ice on my ankle even though I was in a post surgical cast. I had this boot thing that I put over my cast that was attached to a cooler and ice water ran thru it. Its made by aircast. It did make a difference. It took a long time for the cold to get through the cast, but it did. You could do the same thing with a few ice packs.
I too used ice through the thick layers of padding, plaster and ace wraps after surgery. The lady told us it works best just to fill a generic style garbage back up with ice, I did actually feel it so that was nice.
I was instructed to put ice under my knee to cool the blood going to the foot after surgery as welll. I do not know if it worked to reduce swelling, but I followed the instructions anyway. There were too many bandages to place ice directly on the site.
I use a bag of frozen peas too. They thaw and re-freeze easily. They do not drip water lie ice bags sometimes do. The bead-like shape of all the peas allows the bag to conform to the shape of the area where you place it.
One website I looked at recommended placing the ankle on an ice pack - sometimes that was easier. The hospital gave me one that was cloth covered and had strings on it. I would tie it around my ankle. Good luck!