The Goodbye Crutches Blog

Achilles Surgery Recovery does not have to mean Crutches

Posted by Tom Schwab

When you are stuck on one foot, you start to wonder what you can do to help yourself make the recovery process easier.  You have heard of a number of gadgets on the market that might help you, but will they really do what they promise?  Here are a few suggestions as to how you can take advantage of the aids on the market without getting something that does not really work for your lifestyle.

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Topics: Achilles

5 Tips to Prevent Foot Pain

Posted by Brooke Williams

5 Tips to Prevent Foot PainMost people do not have regular conversations with their feet, but when your feet hurt, they are trying to communicate something to you.  Most people think foot pain is normal, but in reality, if your feet hurt, there is something wrong.  There are age-related changes that make foot pain more common and more likely, but you do not have to live with foot pain.  Here are a few tips to help you avoid the pain that so many people live with and even expect.

 

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Topics: Foot / Bunion

3 alternatives to crutches during Foot Surgery Recovery

Posted by Tom Schwab

3 alternatives to crutches during Foot Surgery RecoveryIf your doctor has ordered you to keep the weight off one of your legs, you might sigh at the idea of using crutches.  The good news is that you are no longer confined to the option of crutches alone.  There are alternatives to crutches on the market that can help you recover faster and enjoy some of the conveniences you had when you were able to use both of your feet.  Here is a list of the three best options and reasons why they might work well for you.

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Topics: Foot / Bunion

Learning How to Walk with Crutches

Posted by Tom Schwab

Learning How to Walk with CrutchesYou have seen enough people walking on crutches that you might think it looks easy, or even a little bit fun.  But when you have an injury and are in pain, you will quickly find that using crutches to get around is not nearly as easy as it looks.  Walking on a flat surface alone is a challenge, much less stairs, hills and other areas.  Follow these tips and you will be able to learn how to use your crutches as quickly as possible.

 

Tip #1: Sizing and Fit of the Crutches

The first thing you need to do is make sure the crutches you will be using are fitted to your specific size.  The top of the crutches in the pad area needs to sit right under your arm when you are standing up straight and the hand grips should be at your hip level so you can slightly bend your elbows when you use them.  You will not want to rest your entire weight on the crutches for long, instead use your hands and arms to take the pressure off your legs.

 

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Topics: Recovery

Enjoying Sports with an Injury: Comparison of Crutches vs. Alternatives

Posted by Tom Schwab

Enjoying Sports with an Injury: Comparison of Crutches vs. AlternativesWhen you are stuck on crutches for the spring and summer months, you might feel like you have to sit on the sidelines of any of the sports you enjoyed in the past.  However, staying active when you are injured is actually a good idea.  Playing sports on crutches, t though, is simply hard to do.  Here are some of the sports you might enjoy playing and a comparison of how you can enjoy them on crutches versus alternatives to crutches.

Golf

If you have to hold a crutch in each hand, how are you going to swing your club?  If you like to walk your golf course, you wouldn’t be able to carry your golf bag either.  Golfing and crutches are not a very good mix.

The Hands Free Crutch could come in very handy in this sport as well.  You can stand on your good leg and use the knee of your other leg to balance you as you swing away at the little while ball.  You still might consider getting a cart, though, so you don’t wear yourself out.

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Topics: Active & Young, Recovery

 

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