Originally Posted by rainabow
I was told to ice only for the first 24 hours, but maybe I interpreted that wrong. To be honest, I'm not sure how much of a difference it would make anyway since my bandages are so thick.
Put the ice packs on the instep of your foot-- near your ankles unless your bandages are also too thick there.
I hope it's only two more weeks. I can't imagine doing this for another month! It's not so bad having to elevate it as long as I can sit up, it's just that the only way to get it over my heart is to lie down or use a very unstable stack of pillows.
I found several good ideas on this board for elevation. Best thing for me was a bean bag chair-- a child's size is probably ideal, but hard to find. Then I also used a wedge pillow and/or a round/cylinder shaped pillow under my knees & lower legs. Eventually I was bothered by pain from pressure on my tailbone, but I solved that by sitting in an inner tube.
A lap desk is very convenient-- a hard flat top with a beanbag like bottom-- especially for eating. It made it easier for me to use my laptop computer, read, write, etc. which kept me from getting bored.
Like Tootsie, I kept my feet elevated and iced most of time for about two weeks and then very frequently even after that. I don't think you always have to have them higher than your heart. Just having them up on a footstool is better than having them dangling down.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery!