Having foot surgery doesn’t mean you have to be stuck on the couch for the next few months or become completely dependent on others for getting around. Here are some tips to help you keep your sanity and mobility after foot surgery.
The fastest way to recover from foot surgery is to listen to your doctor and stay off your foot! With a knee walker, you can still get around by yourself without putting any weight on your foot. Crutches can be awkward—and dangerous if you lose your balance—but a knee walker gives you more reliable support, since you can put weight on your knee instead of your foot.
Some knee walkers also come with a basket so that you don’t have to wear a backpack or shoulder bag to carry your stuff.
Before your surgery, get the house ready by clearing away clutter and making sure you have more than enough space to get around. If possible, arrange everything you need on one floor so that you don’t need to go up and down the stairs. Ask a friend or family member to help you rearrange furniture and move items to make them more accessible.
It’s difficult to feel dependent on others, but it’s better to ask for help than risk re-injuring your foot. If you need to reach something on the top shelf, carry a laundry basket down to the basement, or get the mail on an icy day, ask someone to help you.
If you know you’re going to be spending a long day away from home, it’s also a good idea to ask someone to push you in a wheelchair. Using crutches or a knee walker can tire you out after a few hours. A wheelchair allows you to elevate your foot and enjoy being out and about without compromising your recovery time.
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