Originally Posted by carmellow18
thanks for your quick reply.
I tried using a single crutch on the same side as my bad foot and the opposite side as well and neither seemed right lol =/ so i looked online and someone said to use it on the same side as my bad foot and then you said to use it on the opposite side, so now im not so sure...im confused with the whole ordeal. I just want to be able to walk normal, even if in the stupid walking boot...I just want to be able to walk and do things for myself (I am 25 and currently my mom has to carry things for me and help me out a lot.)
Its like I am scared to put all my weight on my bad foot in fear that it will hurt or I will make it worse (even though my doctors said I wont make it worse.) Its my mind that is holding me back. I practice doing it by first taking a step with my bad foot and then I go to step with my good foot and thats where I just kinda drag it or hop along ;/ soo frustrating!
Any other suggestions? or exercises you would recommend?
You use it on your good side and lean over on it, same as someone using a cane would do. It does feel a bit awkward at first. As for the fear of stepping on it, I know that feeling, and try doing it with 2 crutches for a few days. You'll find that once you do it for awhile, you'll feel more confident, that your foot isn't going to break again. It may get sore because those muscles and your foot aren't used to weight on them, but if your doctor has cleared you to weight bear, it won't break. But don't rush things -- use 2 crutches, putting weight on that foot (some weight) for a couple days, increasing the weight for another couple days, until you're putting a fair amount on it, then try switching to one crutch. You may also find that you use 2 crutches when out and about, one crutch at home, just to feel more secure. I was doing this stuff during the winter, so would always have 2 when I went out as my big fear was slipping and falling and twisting my foot/ankle!
It's normal to be afraid to step on your foot -- my physio told me it's our bodies way of protecting itself after injury. Your mind still thinks your foot is injured, so you have to prove to your mind that it's not....