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Old 07-03-2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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Broken ankle & Crutches

Hello. The bad timing with my fall and brake to left ankle last week is that it was while moving out of one home into a three level townhome. This new place has 6 + 6 + 14 stairs and while I have tried quite diligently to use my crutches to climb a few, - I can not do it. I think having my body strength largely in my lower body and very little in my upper body is the culprit, but regardless it means that I am scootching around on my butt to get from level to level. Needless to say I am leaving lots of my cast all over the floors and my arms and back are now stressed too. I also have a torn ACL on my left knee (which to date has not captured the imagination of any doctors to operate despite having no ligament that connects front to back of my knee. (confirmed by an MRI) I never wanted an operation until now, but now I do not trust my knee at all.
Maybe this is the best it can be for now, but if anyone has any suggestions for how to climb stairs with a cast when you have little upper body strength I would really appreciate it. If, as it seems, I have another 5 weeks of no weight on my left ankle I am going to totally lose my sense of "ha ha" it is I am getting mighty close.
Thanks....and hugs to all that are trying to maintain their sense of mental balance while being in pain and sidelined just as summer begins. I know many have it much worse...but still....

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Old 07-04-2012, 08:45 AM   #2
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Re: Broken ankle & Crutches

'd broken my ankle some years back and was living alone in a house where I had to go up and down stairs. I did it on my butt; exhausting at first, but after about a week or two it got easier and I wasn't hesitating to do it. Here are a few suggestions that can help:
Try to plan ahead so you take whatever you'll need with you for the day (or night) when you go from one level to the other. This'll save you trips! You can put the stuff in a shopping bag and move it up/down the steps as you go. I would take a change of clothes, sweater, water bottle, etc, among other things.

When going upstairs, don't put all your weight in your arms to pull you up; instead push up with your uninjured leg on one of the lower stairs and just use your arms to stabilize yourself on the next stair up. The injured leg sort of just gets dragged along.

Lay the crutches down on a stair a couple stairs up from where you are. That will keep them from sliding down the stairs and necessitating you having to go back down to get them, as happened to me a few times. Then just move them up as you get to the stair below the one they're on.

When you get to the top of the stairs, if there's another flight, move (on your butt!) onto the second or third stair before trying to stand up. It'll be much easier as you're partially in a raised position.

One good outcome for me was that after a few weeks my butt looked great from all the exercise!

Hope this helps! Remember, it's a temporary situation.


Old 07-04-2012, 12:22 PM   #3
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Re: Broken ankle & Crutches

Thanks - yes, butt "scootching" on the ground seems to be the only way to go. If in fact doing so will firm up my ***, that will be the silver lining inside the cloud!
My left knee with the ACL injury just went out of joint again 5 minutes ago - all I did was shift my cast to a "toe in" position...jeepers. The pain it causes when that happens is hard to explain...brutal. At least I was not at the top of the stairs this time.
Tomorrow I see the Bone specialist (after a 1.5 hour drive) and I have done the ground work to see to it that he has all my knee info (MRI etc.) to consider as he deals with my ankle.

"The knee bone's connected to the foot bone..." as they say...

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