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How to Help Someone Recovering from a Broken Ankle

Posted by Tom Schwab

Broken ankle recoveryIf someone you know is attempting to recover from a broken ankle, you may wonder what you can do to help them as they stay non weight bearing.  There are many ways you can pitch in whether it’s around the house, at work, or anywhere in between.  Here are a few ways you can help the various people in your life recover from an injury that takes them off one leg and puts them onto crutches.


When it’s your wife with a broken ankle…

You know how busy your wife is and how much she seems to be able to get done in such a short amount of time.  Suddenly, she no longer has the ability to do ANYTHING quickly and you are going to have to pick up the slack.  In order to put her mind at ease and help her recover, try to fill in some of the blanks.  That means cooking or ordering out.  Picking the kids up from practice.  Doing some extra cleaning, a little laundry and anything else that needs to get done around the house.  You will quickly realize that it is all hard work and you will appreciate your wife more when she is back up on both feet.


When it’s your husband with a broken ankle…

It might be hard for you to see your active husband laying around on the couch in the beginning of his recovery.  There are still many things that will need to get done and you might be at a loss for how to do them.  In order to ensure that he can recover fully, take care of the things he usually does for him or find someone who will.  That might mean lawn care or other home maintenance items, taking care of the vehicle and a long list of other things.  Most of all, he will need you to care for him by cooking, bringing him drinks, making sure he takes his prescriptions on time, and helping him get up to move around the house.


When it’s a co-worker with a broken ankle…

If your co-worker is just returning to work on crutches, you will see in person just how slow moving someone with a broken ankle can be.  Stop by your co-worker’s office and offer to help in any way that you can.  Tell your co-worker to call you when he needs to make copies, deliver paperwork to another office, or grab a file from someone else.  He doesn’t need to be making extra trips up and down the halls.  Suggest that he use his desk chair to scoot around if it has wheels and remind him to keep his leg elevated so it doesn’t swell.


When it’s your friend with a broken ankle…

As a friend of someone with a broken ankle, you might feel rather helpless, but there are still many things you can do.  Think about the things you would not want to do if you were injured and try to do some of those things for your friend.  You could deliver meals to her house so she doesn’t have to worry about cooking.  You could offer to drive her friends to and from school or take them to play dates.  You could even simply arrange a time to go over and watch a movie or entertain her in some other way.


When it’s anyone you know with a broken ankle…

Suggest that the injured person find a better modern options to crutches.  All can be purchased online and delivered quickly to the patient's home.  Depending on how long they will be off there healing foot renting maybe a cost effective option.  Tell them about the iWALKFree hands free crutch, the Knee Scooter, and the Seated Scooter.  Each of the three options can help someone with a broken ankle get around easier and faster during recovery.


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Topics: Ankle, Helping someone on crutches, Recovery

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