Crutches hurting hands

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Hi folks, I have a fibula fracture that I did a week ago, and I feel so unsafe using crutches, plus they hurt hands.

But found a fantastic way of getting around the downstairs of house, using an office chair, the type with 5 wheels, ( if you have no carpets much better, also take any rugs up) I can even make my own food and drink, as can access everything in kitchen just thought might help anyone in same predicament

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    Hi,

    I also have a fibula fracture. .week 5 for me. I found the crutches very uncomfortable so after searching on line I found a ankle scooter. I've been hiring it for 4weeks now and would be lost without it...It has a little basket on the front...handy for carrying bits. I'd recommend it !!

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      Hi Pam, does your scooter need you to rest your knee on it? 

      as I find my ankle throbs more if I bend my knee back.

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      Hi Jules,

      Yes...you do rest yr knee on it. Mine ached at first but it's fine now. Even having my foot down for a short while would cause it to throb at first but that's getting better too. I never realised until now just how debilitating a broken ankle is...

      Pam

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      I know Pam it's awful!  so restricted with what you can do, 

      i went through months & months with my son who had done the same 

      thing 3 years ago, his was so much worse than mine though, 

      the throbbing & tightness is terrible when you stand up, without putting weight on it, I'll be glad when that subsides

      Jules

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      Oh the throbbing and tightness is awful Jules. ..I'm getting past that stage now..I can go out with hubby for a run in the car now..fed up looking at the 4 walls lol. For the first few weeks I had to keep my leg elevated but it's getting easier now thank goodness. I go back to hospital on the 3rd June so I'm hoping to be told I can start weight bearing again. I mainly use my ankle scooter around the house so I'm okay with only using the crutches if I go upstairs. Keep yr leg up and take care.

      Pam

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    The office chair is a good idea, though hubby vetoed it for me as it was marking the floor, sigh. I'm still using crutches week 14 after breaking ankle and 5th metatarsal, hubby got some sponge pipe insulation to pad my crutches which he taped down at both ends. I have now worn it out twice so am on the third lot.
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      That's a shame Susan, we checked to see if it marked the floors but couldn't see any marks left by chair ( I have laminate & karndene flooring) 

      my leg is at the real throbbing tight phase at moment but only when I'm in upright position, hardly anything when leg elevated, that's a good idea with the insulation sponge, as the grips you can buy are about £14 pair

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