How To Go Mobile With A Broken Ankle
Ankle injuries are no fun at all. I know this first hand as I have broken both of my ankles over the years while playing rugby. Not only is it downright painful (try sleeping with a broken ankle) but it is really hard to get around. Part of the challenge is how ankles work, it is actually quite complicated, and only having one good ankle makes it near impossible to do a lot of the things we take for granted. So here is some information on how to go mobile with a broken ankle.
Outside of getting in and out of bed, using the bathroom can be a real challenge. Let’s look at showering. One of the first tricks is to make sure you have a removable shower head. This will allow you to sit down while you shower as standing on one leg in a wet shower is downright dangerous. The best way to show is to sit sideways with your bad ankle over the side of the tub. This will ensure that the cast on your broken ankle remains dry – at least until the doctor puts you in a boot.
Now stairs are a real challenge, trust me. One or two is not so bad as you can hop, but if your house has a long flight of stairs then you are in for some fun. One of the best ways to navigate stairs is to get on your backside and just drag yourself up the stairs. In terms of crutches or a scooter, you will either want to have an extra on each floor of your house or you will need to drag them upstairs with you as well. One of my tricks was to use crutches upstairs and a scooter downstairs. This way I could easily take the scooter with me when I went out.
This brings us to getting out and about. No one wants to spend eight weeks cooped up in their house. Even with the windows open, you will start to go stir crazy. So, getting out and about is essential. But doing so with a broken ankle is not easy. As such you want to get your hands on a scooter. I was walking back to my office in the city yesterday and even saw someone crossing Park Avenue with one.
These scooters are usually small, four-wheel devices which will let you rest your knee and then just roll along. It is great for getting around and there are hundreds of different models on the road for almost every type of use you can think of.
Another benefit of a knee scooter is that it helps you keep weight off your bad ankle. While crutches also do the same thing, in theory, I can’t tell you how many times I accidently shifted my weight to my bad leg. This was especially true during my first ankle injury. As such, I just use the crutches for the second floor of my house and rely on the scooter to get me everywhere else.
Using a scooter is also a good idea as it can keep you active. During my recover, I would go to the track and just walk for hours. While the cardio benefit was not as bit as my usual exercise routine, it would help me to remain active. If you just spend the eight weeks of your injury on the couch, you will end up with more than just a few extra pounds.
Getting in and out of the car can also be a challenge. My best suggestion would be to travel with a friend for the first week or two of your recovery. If you are all alone, then try using Uber or a taxi service, this way you will have someone who can help you to get in and out of the car. If you are using a scooter, then make sure you get a collapsible model as this will make it easier to take with you by keeping it in the truck or in the back seat of your car.
Now I am sure I might have missed some other situations which will impede your mobility. But one of the most common situations is how to handle an escalator. Now if you travel a lot, then you know how tricky it can be to get your rolling bag correctly aligned on the treads while they are moving. So, word to the wise, don’t try to take your scooter on the escalator – just stick to the elevator. Fortunately, most buildings have one and this will allow you to roll from one floor to the next.
As you can see, going mobile with a broken ankle can be a challenge. But with every challenge, there can be opportunity. Use these tips to make sure you can easily get around. Good luck and get well soon!