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    Old 05-11-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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    What qualifies as pwb???

    hi everyone!!! I want to ask in your opinion, what qualified as partial weight bearing to you? once removed from the hard cast, did you use 1 or 2 crutches, a cane, like for the first 2 to 3 weeks? I know everyone is different, but just inquiring... thanks !!
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    Re: What qualifies as pwb???

    I used 2 crutches & increasing weight until FWB, when I switched to 1 crutch. I am just now - after a month of FWB - starting to be able to leave the crutch behind with more frequency. I tried a cane around the house, since we had one from my husband's serious ankle sprain, but I hated it so I went back to my crutch. All of that has met with the approval of my surgeon & PT, so I call it good.
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    Re: What qualifies as pwb???

    I started with two crutches, but putting my foot down and progressively increasing the weight on the foot. In around 2 weeks, I moved from 2 crutches to 1 crutch and in another two weeks I was cleared to FWB. All this was based on PT recommendation.
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    Old 05-12-2013, 11:38 AM   #4
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    Re: What qualifies as pwb???

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    I started with two crutches, but putting my foot down and progressively increasing the weight on the foot. In around 2 weeks, I moved from 2 crutches to 1 crutch and in another two weeks I was cleared to FWB. All this was based on PT recommendation.
    Me too, but when I went to fwb (without the boot) i had to use 2 crutches, then one crutch all over again.

    As far as I'm concerned, once that foot hits the ground you're already ace-ing it!! You go through times of 'being uncomfortable' again.... it's hard work!
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    Re: What qualifies as pwb???

    I started with 2 crutches getting my foot ready for more weight. It took me 3 weeks to get to one crutch. But that's my fault I kinda tripped over my crutch I wasn't using. Kinda set me back a week. You add weight in steps. As you get more comfortable with the weight your using you add more. You will have to push yourself. But it's worth it in the end!! Good luck!!
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    Re: What qualifies as pwb???

    Oh one tip from my experience- while on one crutch, be careful not to over-compensate on the good foot.
    It is easy to put more weight on the good foot, but not a good idea. I put more weight on the boot when I had two crutches. I caution because I sprained my good knee ligament while walking around with one crutch and it set me back a bit.
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