Pain from walking aids

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Hi. I have broken 2 bones in my left ankle and am due to have surgery to inserts a couple of plates next week. At the moment I am wearing a very heavy immobilising cast to allow the swelling to go down. I keep the leg elevated all of the time except when I need to use the bathroom. I have a walking frame and crutches to get around on but find they cause a lot of pain in my hands resulting in bruises. Any advice would be gratefully received. Thanking you in advance.

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    I found the knee scooter to be absolutely a godsend. You will likely have 6-10 weeks non weight bearing so buying one might be cheaper than renting. Others have said they have seen them on ebay and amazon. Best wishes for your surgery and recovery.
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      Great advice Carol! Amazon has a good one for $182. I will private message you with the link. If you can get a basket and cup holder too!
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    Your local medical supply should sell Velcro pads for crutches or u can buy them on line. If not u can use household sponges or padded gloves..

    So sorry u already have bruises, they will hopefully heal fast once u get some padding for your hands.

    Good luck with your surgery..

    Karran

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    I just got a wheel chair and it is a great break from the walker - which I find exhausting.  My inusurance company issued it but from what I saw on the internet it looks like Amazon carries the same thing.  

    I have been of my feet for two weeks now and this group has been very helpful.  Hang in there!

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    First of all, I'm so sorry you are going through this. I'm just a month or so ahead of you and it is tough, but you will get through. These forums are great for advice and for empathy, so use this when you need it. Everyone here knows what you're going through. I'm going to second the knee scooter. It has been so helpful. You will find that your foot will swell a bit when youre on it because of the position of your foot. Aside from that, there's no pain or discomfort when using the scooter unless you try to go a long distance or stay on it too long. I even have a basket on mine. I am so uncoordinated and I'm regularly dodging the toys of two small kids, but I feel really safe on the scooter. If you do purchase, be mindful of the weight. You'll want something sturdy, but also light and they do vary a bit. Good luck with your surgery. Once you're through that, it's all improvement, albeit somewhat slow improvement at first.

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    I agree the knee walker is your best bet. I purchased one on ebay for 135. It stated it was used, but it looks brand new. I'm having total ankle replacement in two weeks. I didn't want to rent.

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      I bought my scooter used from a medical supply. Mine has two wheels in front & two in back with two hand brakes which one can squeeze to slow down & push down to lock the brakes. It is very stable. Also having a faux lamb cover gives additional padding for the knee, definitely a plus.

      Hope this helps, Karran

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    Sorry to hear you have joined our group... it is a long process back to semi normal. At the point where you are a bought a transport chair.. like a wheelchair but has 4 small wheels. It was a God send until I moved on to crutches. I am just now over the callouses I got on my hands and Yes.. it hurts. I cut the tops off of my husbands tube socks and put the tops of the socks on the hand pieces of the crutches. You just unscew where you would adjust the hands up and down and put back on. That really helped a bunch when my hands were hurting so much. Plus you already have it in your house and you can wash them. I didn't get a knee scooter but many folks on here loved them. In the meantime get a good book. I hope you heal well. This is an excellent place with a lot of very good people. It is nice to know that you are not alone in this journey.

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    Thank you all for the advice. I will investigate the knee scooters xx
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    Well welcome to the club you never asked to join. The Bone snap club!

    Sorry to hear.

    I saw your message very late last night.

    Patience grasshopper.

    Hobbies such as Games via TV, reading, listening to music, etc will help in between despair.

    But it WILL Get Better!

    Knee scooters did it for me. Had one since a few days after my snapped Fibula 10+ months ago.

    Very handy. A bit uncomfortable to start. Fell off crutches way too many times.

    Good luck.

    @(*+*)@

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    Hi, had the same cast but for three days, I wound up borrowing a wheelchair for trips to bathroom and have a 3 prong cane I use to slide from wheelchair to bathroom.  5 weeks later still useing it alot saves my shoulders from the pain. I have a knee scooter but it was very painful with the cast.  It does get better I am now just in the boot NWB still but pain is minimal and I just need motrin mosty at night.  Good luck 
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    Hi,

    I had a smaller wheelchair (I mention smaller because it made it easier to get through doorways).  I used the crutches gradually and by the end I got strong enough, but I still found that with the wheelchair I could carry things.  I also bought a knee scooter, but I found it unstable and was afraid to use it outside (they are made for flat ground, no big cracks and I couldn't carry anything) however they are a big hit for many.  I ended up returning mine.  I also bought a walker and used it only in the house.  I also had a bedside commode which was a big help.  And did I mention a shower chair.  Just remember it's temporary.  

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      I have all the same things- oh and the leg cast condom is a lifesaver too!!!-  we got CURAD brand- inexpensive and work very well.  The shower chair is a must!  We were able to return the bedside commode (borrowed it) as I learned to pull the walker to the sides of the commode and use it for leverage to get back up.  So.... things are slowly getting easier then they were.  I agree about the scooter but you are right- many folks love it.  I believe part of my 'dislike' is the brand- again we borrowed it adn i appreciate all of our friends for being so helpful for sure!

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    I feel your pain! I am about to go insane. Fell down four steps a week ago today and broke BOTH my feet. I am in two boots and will find out next week if I need surgery on left foot. I have a walker which is so difficult to use. Try walking on two broken feet 😭 I use all my upper body strength to

    only get up to go to bathroom or from couch to bed. My husband is already sick of me asking for help with everything and having to wait on me. I'm so depressed I don't know how I am going to get through this.

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      Bummer to break both. At some point you just have to laugh so you don't cry. You are not the first. I've seen many photos online of people with dual casts now. Hang in there. This too shall pass! It seems like the big stuff right now, but in the realm of a lifetime, it really is the small stuff. It's good to keep that in mind and try not to go too crazy! We feel your pain! We've walked the walk wink

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      My husband has always said you don't need to die to go to hell. ?? Its true.

      I'd get a motorised wheelchair. I've doing it hard with a snapped fibula that didn't mend, 5 months later bone graft plate and screws. At the same time as a Bakers Cyst on other leg, that was agony and I couldn't bend or straighten that leg, until it burst 6 weeks ago. More agony, I fell over, bruised my broken leg( now 5 months since operation) burst cyst, and tore a muscle in bakers cyst leg. I feel your pain, but you have it worse.

      Find a decent wheelchair. Some new hobbies. You joined the club you never asked to join twice. Dual application.

      When I broke mine, lady at my child's swim lesson was rude, and said It was tough I broke my leg, but too bad. No refund like they usually do.

      Karma got her. Double break. 9 months later she's back in hospital.

      And I'm walking.

      She has a lousy attitude. You've got a Fantastic attitude. You're on here to start.

      👏🌞🌻🌼🌻👏🌞

      Wait till they know if you need surgery, then Map your path with Specialist, physio and family.

      Make sure your pain meds are right.

      My husband has become compassionate ONLY because he broke his Scaphoid 3 weeks after me, and he too needed surgery. We weren't even 1 complete person between us.

      @(*+*)@

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      You all have been through it!  I agree- attitude is 85% of the battle.

      I am so happy I found this forum for sure.

      I have learned that people say the stupidest things for sure- i was getting irritated with them, but am learning that they all mean well for sure.

      (excpet for that lady that commented to you!)

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