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Annette06 10-10-2005 08:13 AM

Elevation at Work
Another question - thank God for this forum!! :)

Trying the work thing again (after going back at 1wk was not successful) - 3 weeks bunionectomy, post op this past Friday 10/7. How in the world did you guys "comfortably" elevate your foot at work?? Luckily I can work from my desk and they have moved my computer to accomodate. And the ergo guy also placed another chair with a pad in front of me to elevate. But sitting from one chair to the other is hurting my entire mid-back. And now my foot is
falling asleep, something it never did at home in the recliner.

Is it standard practice to keep it elevated the whole time - or just for periods? Does the above the hip or heart level still apply 3 weeks out? Or can I just raise it on a box below my desk (lower than my chair). I cannot even imagine 2 more weeks of this until I get my boot off - I will be miserable not to mention ready for a back and hip massage.

Help!! :(

Titchou 10-10-2005 08:56 AM

Re: Elevation at Work
Try turning a trashcan over....they are usually about the right height....and all offices have them!

Annette06 10-10-2005 04:10 PM

Re: Elevation at Work
Thanks Titchou - another coworker who had the surgery recommended the same thing - with a pillow on top.
At that - this makes my foot level with the lowest point my chair will go. So my foot is straight out but not necessarily elevated - but it felt better than the other.

Even though I was at my desk most of the day and a few walks to the cafeteria and to meetings - after 8 hours my toes are swollen and numb :( Time to hit the recliner!!!

kehorner 10-10-2005 08:32 PM

Re: Elevation at Work
I am a student, so I had to do my elevating in class. I had the same problem that you had: putting it on a chair just wasn't high enough to keep it from swelling (my toes actually turned purple while I had my leg on the chair). So I just decided to forego any sense of decency and put my foot up on the desk. I sort of slouched down in the seat and leaned back and put the foot on the desk (with or without a pillow) and then wrote with my notebook in my lap. Not the most attractive position, but that was the only way I could keep my toes a normal color.

wakkochic17 10-12-2005 12:59 PM

Re: Elevation at Work
for me it was the same way so I gave up and wound up putting my foot on top of my desk! Didn't look pretty, but it was elevated!

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