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7 Tips for Recovering from a Broken or Dislocated Ankle

Last Updated: November 8, 2020

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  • Get back on your feet with some recovery basics.

    The end of the shinbone (tibia), the end of the other lower leg bone (fibula), and the talus bone make up your ankle joint. Ankle fractures and dislocations can be either simple—involving just one bone—or complex—involving multiple bones. Recovery depends on the type, location, complexity and treatment. Some fractures only need rest and protection, while others require surgery and weeks of rehabilitation.

  • 1. Work with your doctor on goals for restoring pain-free ankle function.

    Your recovery goal is to treat your symptoms and restore pain-free, pre-injury ankle function. This can take time and be quite challenging for some types of ankle fractures. In some cases, ankle function and walking gait may never return to pre-injury levels. Ask your doctor about the best strategies to reach these goals and what you can expect.

  • 2. Manage most of your symptoms with rest and pain meds.

    Common ankle fracture symptoms include pain, tenderness, bruising and swelling. You can manage these symptoms by following PRICE—protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation. This may be necessary for several days. Ask your doctor about taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). Complex ankle fractures may require more aggressive measures.

  • 3. Follow your doctor’s orders on weight-bearing activities.

    Depending on the severity of injury, some doctors allow weight bearing right away, while others recommend waiting several weeks. You can use crutches to get around if your doctor recommends keeping weight off the ankle. You may only need a rigid boot to provide stability if your doctor allows weight bearing. Once your doctor allows weight bearing, it’s important not to overload your bone. Depending on your age and the injury, it can take several months or even years to regain full bone strength.

  • 4. Return to your activities gradually to avoid re-injury.

    Your doctor may encourage you to move your ankle soon after the injury. If you have surgery, your doctor may recommend waiting longer. You’ll add activities and intensity gradually. Follow your doctor’s instructions for activities and movement. Doing too much too fast can cause problems, such as having the bone move out of position. It’s time to rest if your ankle starts to hurt. Ask your doctor when you can safely return to daily activities, work, and sports or other leisure activities.

  • 5. Do your recommended exercises to build strength.

    Physical therapy and therapeutic exercises will start once your fracture is stable. This includes range-of-motion, stretching, and strengthening exercises. Your doctor may recommend exercises you can do at home if you have a simple fracture. For complex cases, you may work with a physical therapist. These exercises can be painful at first. Ask your doctor or therapist how to manage the pain so you can reach your recovery goals.

  • 6. Watch for complications and call your doctor for concerns.

    Call your doctor right away if you have fever, color changes in the ankle or foot, numbness, inability to move your toes, more swelling than expected, or increased pain. These could be signs of a complication. Long-term, some people develop arthritis and chronic pain after an ankle fracture. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms persist or return after your foot heals.

  • 7. Take steps to prevent future injuries.

    If you have an ankle stress fracture, your doctor or therapist will talk to you about strategies to prevent future problems. This includes cross-training and alternating days of high- and low-intensity activities. Any type of fracture will benefit from building muscle strength around the bone.  Just be careful to engage in new activities slowly. Eating a balanced diet that includes calcium and vitamin D for bone strength will also help. Ask your doctor whether you need supplements to reach the necessary daily intake.

  • Remember an ideal recovery takes time.

    Ideally, your recovery after an ankle fracture or dislocation will return you to pre-injury ankle function without pain. This is possible in most cases, but you need to do your part to get there. Remember to start slow and go slow. Stressing the bone too soon can cause problems. And if you feel pain with an activity, it’s time to rest. Your doctor will check your progress as your ankle heals.

7 Tips for Recovering from a Broken or Dislocated Ankle

Sarah Lewis is a pharmacist and a medical writer with over 25 years of experience in various areas of pharmacy practice. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. She completed Pharmacy Practice Residency training at the University of Pittsburgh/VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. 

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS

Last Review Date: 2020 Nov 8

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

Kids Health Information : Fracture care: leg

If your child has had a fracture of a bone in their leg, they will have a cast to support and protect the bone while the fracture heals. The cast may be:

  • a full cast
  • a partial cast held in place with bandages – this is called a backslab.

It is important to care for your child’s leg and cast correctly after you leave hospital.

This fact sheet provides information on what to do once your child has been treated in hospital for a leg fracture. If you think your child has a fracture and you are looking for first aid advice, see our fact sheet Fractures (broken bones).

Care at home 

Fractures are painful. Although immobilising the leg with a cast will help to reduce the pain, additional pain relief (e.g. paracetamol) is often needed. Give the pain relief medication regularly for the first few days, following the directions on the packet, or as directed by the doctor.

Elevate the leg

During the first one to two days, it is important for your child to rest and elevate their leg to minimise swelling. Raise your child’s leg on pillows when they are sitting or lying down. Encourage your child to move their toes frequently.

Skin care

Itching under the cast is common. Make sure your child avoids scratching inside the cast as this may damage the skin and cause infection. Do not let them push any object inside the cast (e.g. don’t allow them to use a ruler to scratch inside the cast). While it may be tempting to
remove a backslab for brief periods, it is recommended that you leave it in place.

Never cut or attempt to modify the cast or bandage.

You can help relieve itch by using a hair-dryer to blow cold air into the cast (do not use warm or hot air as this can burn the skin or warp the cast). Antihistamines may be useful for reducing the itch. Talk to your local pharmacist about a suitable antihistamine medication to use.

Cast care

If your child has a plaster cast, it is important to keep the cast clean and dry. For showering or bathing, seal the cast in a plastic bag with tape or a rubber band. Never allow your child to immerse the cast in water, even if it is in a plastic bag. For more information, see our fact sheet
Plaster cast care.

Even though fibreglass casts are waterproof, you need to make sure the padding underneath stays dry. If your child has a fibreglass cast, treat it as though it is a plaster cast and avoid getting it wet.

Moving about

Children are generally not allowed to put any weight on their fractured leg for walking, and must keep the foot off the ground. Older children may use crutches if it is safe to do so. See our fact sheet

Young children cannot manage crutches safely but may be able to use a walking frame. A wheelchair or pusher will be needed where crutches or a walking frame are difficult, and for longer distances.

If your child is allowed to put some weight on the leg, they will need to wear a specialised shoe over their cast. This is important to protect the cast and also to reduce the risk of falling.

When to see a doctor

Severe pain and swelling, change in the colour of the toes (white or blue), numbness or pins and needles, and inability to move the toes are signs that the leg hasn’t been elevated for long enough or your child’s cast may be too tight. If any of these signs occur, rest and elevate the leg
for 30 minutes. After elevating the leg for 30 minutes, take your child to the hospital emergency department immediately if:

  • the toes remain very swollen
  • the toes remain white or blue
  • your child complains of pins and needles or numbness in the toes
  • your child is not be able to move their toes, or complains of pain when you move them
  • your child has severe pain that is not relieved by the recommended medication at the recommended dose.  

Take your child to your GP or local hospital if:

  • the cast is cracked, soft, loose or tight, or has rough edges that hurt
  • you are worried that an object has been pushed inside the cast
  • there is a bad smell or ooze coming from the cast
  • your child is in increasing pain.


Your child’s doctor will tell you when your child should have a follow-up X-ray and appointment. The cast does not need to be removed to have the X-ray.

The cast will be able to be removed after the fracture has healed. 

After the cast is removed

After the cast is removed, the skin may be dry, flaky or even smelly. Sometimes the skin appears red with small raised bumps. The hair on the skin may appear darker and thicker than normal. Over time, the appearance of the leg will return to normal.

  • Wash the leg in warm soapy water. A soft flannel may be used, but avoid scrubbing the skin as this may cause it to bleed. Apply a gentle, non-perfumed moisturising lotion after bathing. It may take several days of gentle washing to remove all of the dead skin.
  • Sometimes there is swelling once the cast is removed. Elevate the leg when resting (as shown above). Gentle foot exercises (moving the foot up, down and in circles) will also be helpful. If swelling is severe, limit your child’s physical activity, and rest and elevate the leg.
  • Because the leg muscles have not been used while the leg has been in the cast, they will be weak initially. The leg will appear thinner, and the ankle or knee may be stiff. Your child’s leg will gradually return to the normal size and strength with regular use.

Your doctor will advise whether your child has any restrictions on walking, and they may need to keep using crutches, a walking frame or wheelchair for some time.

Your child may be anxious about putting weight through the leg. It is normal for them to limp at first, or walk with the leg held stiff or out-turned. This will improve with time, and most children will regain full use of their leg through their usual activities and play within a few months.

Encouragement helps to build their confidence and enables them to return to regular activities sooner. However, some children will require physiotherapy. Your child’s doctor will advise if this is needed.

High-impact, contact sports should be avoided for a minimum of four to six weeks after removal of the cast. Ask the doctor if you are not sure if your child is ready.

Key points to remember

  • It is important to care for your child’s leg and cast correctly after you leave hospital. Always keep plaster casts clean and dry.
  • Your child should elevate their leg for the first two days after the injury.
  • Ensure your child avoids scratching inside the cast and do not let them push any object inside the cast.
  • Seek urgent medical attention if after elevating the leg for 30 minutes your child still shows signs that the cast is too tight.
  • After the cast comes off, your child’s leg may be weak and stiff, but normal use of the leg should return within a few months. 

For more information

Common questions our doctors are asked

Will my child’s leg be more likely to break again after
having a fractured leg?

If the fractured bone has fully healed in the correct
position and alignment, then there is no residual weakness of the bone. It may
take some time for the muscles to regain their strength, but once this occurs,
your child will return to their normal strength and ability.

Do the follow-up appointments need to be at the hospital
where my child was originally treated?

No – you can have your follow-up appointments at a local
hospital or medical centre that is equipped to manage fractures. Your doctor
will be able to help you find an appropriate place for a follow-up appointment.

Why does my child only have a partial cast?

all leg fractures require a full cast. If the fracture is minor, your child may
only require a backslab. Sometimes a backslab is used while doctors are waiting
for swelling of the leg to go down, and then a full cast will be put on your
child’s leg.

Developed by The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Victorian Paediatric Orthopaedic Network. We acknowledge the input of RCH consumers and carers.

Reviewed November 2018.

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Best Knee Scooter for a Broken Ankle

One of the most common joint and bone injuries is a broken ankle, also typically known as an ankle fracture. It’s caused by breaking one or more of the bones that make up the ankle joints. 

Anyone can get a broken angle regardless of their age or physical ability. The recovery times vary greatly depending on the specific injury. 

Some fractures only require rest and protecting the injury, while others require surgery and weeks of rehabilitation.

Some doctors allow weight-bearing immediately, depending on the severity of the injury, while others recommend waiting several weeks. If your doctor recommends keeping weight off your ankle, then it’s time to consider a mobility aid device.

Mobility Aids

Typically, the default recommendation is to use crutches. Although, people are increasingly becoming aware of knee scooters (also called a knee walker or leg scooter). If you are recovering from a broken ankle, foot surgery, or any other operation or injury—a knee scooter might be an excellent option for you.

A Better Option to Crutches

A knee scooter is a mobility aid device with three to five wheels, a knee rest support, and a steering handle. It allows you to take the weight off your injured leg by resting it on a padded knee platform while using your uninjured foot to push yourself forward. You use the handlebars to steer the direction you want to go.

These scooters are typically used after surgery to help you move around during your non-weight bearing period.

These mobility scooters are a great alternative to crutches. They are a proven, trusted, and comfortable mobility aid.

Related: 6 Customers Who Conquered their Injury Obstacle


Knee walkers, in terms of function, allow you the flexibility of crutches, and the stability of a wheelchair—without the discomfort and dependency.

Crutches require a lot of physical exertion to use, in addition to the fatigue it causes your armpit and wrists. With a knee scooter, on the other hand, you can travel distances almost effortlessly—as expected from a steerable wheeled device. 

Knee scooters are beneficial when you have to do your usual chores and routine activities. Since you remain standing, with your injured leg on the knee rest, your hands are free to do whatever you need to do. Just remember to lock in the brakes for extra stability.  


Since you have to rest your knee on the padded knee rest, if you have a sensitive or injured knee, a knee scooter may not be a good option.

However, you may find seated knee scooters to be a better option.  

Knee scooters cannot be used on stairs; you would need someone to help you carry it up and down the stairs. 

When compared to crutches, purchasing a high-quality knee scooter may be out of budget for some, especially if their particular insurance does not want cover them. But, renting one may be an excellent cost-effective option.

Related: Are Knee Scooters Covered By Insurance?

How to Choose a Knee Scooter for a Broken Ankle or Foot

There are a few but important factors to consider when choosing a good knee scooter for your foot injury. It’s always important to talk to your physician to make sure using one will be beneficial to you. Everyone has unique health considerations.

Once your doctor gives you the okay, then it’s time to figure out which knee scooter will best suit you. We’ve listed the things to consider in the guide below:

Related: How to Choose the Right Knee Scooter for You

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There is no specific brand physical therapist recommend for their patients after ankle surgery. But with over 10 years of selling and renting knee scooters, our most popular models have always been the Swivelmate and the Orthomate All-Terrain knee scooter, both made by TKWC.

The Swivelmate is very popular because it’s the only knee scooter that can make tight turns. This is extremely useful to people who have to navigate around tight spaces such as hallways, offices, apartments, etc. 

It’s one of the few deluxe steerable knee walkers with dual hand brakes, useful for when you have a dominant hand. It has an adjustable knee pad to accommodate a right or a left leg injury—this improves ergonomics and maximizes comfort. 


The Orthomate is preferred by many because of the air-filled rubber wheels that provide a smooth ride when using it outdoors—without necessitating oversized wheels, unlike other models out there. Its design allows for both indoor and outdoor use. 

This all-terrain knee scooter can effortlessly navigate rough terrains, such as grass, gravel, dirt, sidewalks, or uneven concrete. 

Final Thoughts

Breaking your ankle can be a painful experience, but with a good treatment plan and a proper healing process—along with an excellent knee scooter—you can have a speedy and trouble-free recovery process.

Got more questions about knee walkers? You can always chat with a member over the phone—we’re always happy to help!

Adding Weight After Foot & Ankle Surgery

Adding Weight to the Foot & Ankle After Surgery

Following ankle injury or surgery weight must be introduced gradually.   This is done in order to prevent further or new injury.  If weight is applied too fast it may cause damage to the injured/surgical site in addition to the potential of creating new problems.  By gradually increasing weight your body is able to accommodate to see the new forces.

Items needed to do this included a bathroom scale, protective boot or shoe and standard crutches (in some cases a walker may be used).  Patient’s that have used a knee scooter will need to use crutches for this transition.

Weight bearing typically happens over 2, 4 or 6 week period or sooner in some cases.  This is determined by your physician based on your injury and healing status.  You should follow closely to the instructions provided in order to avoid creating further issues by using the wrong protocol.  In all cases as you progress through the stages there should not be any significant increase in your pain.  If significant pain occurs we recommend remaining at your current level before progressing.   It is natural to have slight increase in discomfort between stages as well as small increase in swelling. (In the event you were provided with 2 protocols, we recommend attempting the faster progression if you feel comfortable.  If this protocol feels too fast the slower protocol may be used to avoid increases in pain.)

Use a bathroom scale to calculate your total weight.  Then reference the percentage of body weight to be placed through the injured leg on your protocol.  As you walk, the protective boot and crutches will work together striking the ground.  Your arms and crutches will take the remaining load of the body that you are not placing through the injured leg at your current stage.  We generally recommend becoming full weight-bearing in the boot prior to any of our boot weaning protocols.

Generally, when patients are placing between 50 and 75% of the weight on the injured leg they are able to transition to using 1 crutch or cane on the opposite side.  It is often helpful for patient’s to mark the days on her calendar to help them follow progression accordingly.

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10 Gift Ideas for a Broken Leg Care Package

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If you know someone with a leg cast, then you know someone that could use some good cheer. We’ve put together a list of fun and practical gift ideas for the ultimate broken leg care package.

Latest Updates:

Added an “I Heart Broken Legs” card and toe covers to keep toes, you know…covered.

10 Gift Ideas for a Broken Leg Care Package


It Hurt T-shirt

If you’ve never broken a leg before, you should know that a leg cast compels complete strangers to ask, “Did it hurt?”  That happens every single day until the cast comes off.  Every. Single. Day.

Help someone answer that question ever before it’s asked by giving them this It Hurt, Thank You For Asking T-shirt. Not only does it save time…it’s polite.

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Knee Scooter

KneeRover’s Knee Scooter is a popular and pain-free alternative to crutches.  This lightweight, steerable scooter offers a locking handbrake, non-marking rubber wheels, and a convenient basket.  The fully adjustable handlebars and knee platform allows the scooter to adjust for any height between 5′ and 6’6″, and it’s robust 300 pound weight capacity ensures safe operation.

It may be a little big to fit in a broken leg care package, but KneeRover’s scooter is the ideal gift when someone you care about needs a break from traditional crutches.

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Shower Sleeve

Keep casts dry with this reusable, water proof cast protector. The Sealtight Cast Protector is made from a durable polyvinyl material that easily slips over the leg and creates a watertight seal just above the cast – perfect for showers and baths.

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Give a broken leg sufferer instant relief from a hot, humid cast with CastCooler. The CastCooler design works with the user’s vacuum to pull cool, dry air through breathable casts. The process removes moisture trapped in the cast’s lining, which discourages the growth of itch and odor causing bacteria. It’s also a great way to cool an unbearably hot cast. The CastCooler adjusts to fit around all cast sizes, including leg joints and ankles.

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Cast Markers

Markers are an thoughtful, inexpensive addition to any broken leg care package. Help someone customize their cast with a 24-count set of Sharpie Color Burst Markers.

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Stop Itching Spray

There are few things worse than having an itch you can’t scratch. Cast Comfort Stop Itching Spray is specially designed to give cast wearers instant relief from itching.  The can’s long applicator tube reaches deep into a leg cast to deliver fast acting relief.

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iWALK Hands Free Crutch

The iWALK 2.0 hands-free crutch is an ideal crutch alternative for below the knee, non-weight bearing leg injuries. The iWALK uses adjustable fabric straps and quick on/off buckles to secure the crutch to the leg. It gives broken leg sufferers hands-free mobility without the pain and inconvenience of traditional crutches.

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Leg Story T-shirt

Every broken leg comes with a story. Help someone turn that story into a lucrative side business with this Leg Story $10 t-shirt.

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Crutch Bag

This versatile Crutch Bag from Vive easily straps to the side of all adult and youth crutches with six strong loop fasteners. This durable, lightweight vinyl, crutch pouch has two pockets that let users carry cell phones, wallet, water bottles, and more. The pouch includes a detachable carbine ring, perfect for securing keys.

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Broken Leg Teddy Bear

The teddy bear with a broken leg is the perfect companion for anyone feeling a little down about their broken leg. The 15 inch teddy bear is soft all over, and features a (soft) cast which can be signed with the included pen.

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Broken Leg Card

If you need a card to round out your broken leg care package, Northern Cards’ We Were Able to Save Your Leg offers a positive take on a unfortunate situation.

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Toe Covers

Keep those exposed piggies cozy with a warm cast toe cover.  This fleece “toe hoodie” slips over the end of a cast and attaches instantly with drawstring grips. It comes in three colors: black, blue, and pink.

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Conor McGregor has successful surgery to repair broken leg following UFC 264, on crutches for six weeks

UFC superstar Conor McGregor underwent successful surgery to repair his broken leg following UFC 264 and he’ll be on crutches for six weeks.

McGregor lost his trilogy fight against his rival Dustin Poirier on Saturday night at UFC 264 when he appeared to break his ankle and was unable to continue. We now know that it was actually a broken leg that the Irishman had suffered in the fight and McGregor took to his Twitter late Sunday night to let fans know that his surgery went well on his injured limb.

Just out of the surgery room guys! Surgery went excellent! Feeling tremendous! 6 weeks on crutch and we build back! Let’s go! God bless

McGregor’s manager Audie A. Attar also issued a statement about the surgery, confirming that McGregor had his tibia and fibula repair and that he anticipated a full recovery.


— Audie A. Attar (@AudieAttar) July 12, 2021

McGregor’s injury was not the ideal outcome for the Irishman, who was looking to take home the trilogy over Poirier with a big win over his arch-enemy. However, Poirier was able to control McGregor with his grappling to wear him down in the first round before McGregor suffered the devastating injury that left him unable to continue in the fight. The bout was called off due to TKO (doctor stoppage) as Poirier won the pair’s trilogy by a score of 2-1.

Despite losing the trilogy to Poirier with back-to-back TKO losses, McGregor is adamant that he can make another run to the top of the UFC lightweight division, and Poirier himself said that a fourth fight could be in the cards for both men in the future. For now, though, McGregor is going to have to spend some time on the sidelines and heal up. His coach John Kavanagh confirmed on Sunday that Conor McGregor had an injury heading into UFC 264.

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Weight Bearing As Tolerated With Crutches

Set Up and Fitting

  • Standing straight with your arm at your side, the crutch handle should align with the inside of your wrist.
  • The height of the crutch should be adjusted so that there are 1-2 inches of space between the top of the crutch and your armpit.
    • This is roughly the width of two fingers.

General Instructions and Tips

  • Use your crutches only as instructed.
  • Use your crutches for all walking and standing activities until your physician instructs you otherwise.
  • Your weight should be placed through your hands by pushing down through the crutch handles.
  • Never lean on your crutches.
    • Resting your armpits on the crutches may cause nerve damage!
  • Always use both crutches. Using only one crutch may cause back problems.
  • Place weight evenly on both crutches.
  • Walk slowly and carefully.
  • Have someone walk with you initially until you feel steady on your feet.
    • This is especially important when walking on unlevel/uneven surfaces or stairs.
  • Remove loose rugs or other small objects from the floor in order to minimize the risk of tripping.
  • Wear appropriately-fitted, low-heeled shoes. Do not wear slippers or high heels.
  • Do not wear long, floor-length robes or gowns while using crutches.
  • Avoid slippery and/or wet floors.
  • Check the ground for objects that may cause crutches to slip out from under you.
  • Check the crutches daily for cracks and/or loose screws. Replace worn tips and unsafe parts.
  • When not in use, it is best to rest your crutches upside down. They are less likely to fall over this way.


Option 1 (fastest, least support)

  1. Start with the crutches positioned 1-2 inches to the outside of each foot.
  2. Advance one leg and the opposite crutch 6-12 inches in front of you (e.g. right crutch, left leg).
  3. Repeat the previous step with the remaining leg and crutch.

Option 2 (slower, more support)

  1. Start by placing both crutches 1-2 inches to the outside of each foot and 6-12 inches in front of you.
  2. Step your surgical/injured leg forward to meet the crutches.
  3. Step your non-surgical/non-injured leg forward, in front of your surgical/injured leg and crutches.

You may combine the first two steps if you feel comfortable: Advance your non-surgical/non-injured leg and both crutches forward at the same time.

Option 3 (slowest, most support)

  1. Start by placing both crutches 1-2 inches to the outside of each foot and 6-12 inches in front of you.
  2. Step your surgical/injured leg forward to meet the crutches.
  3. Step your non-surgical/non-injured leg forward to meet the crutches and surgical/injured leg.

You may combine the first two steps if you feel comfortable: Advance your non-surgical/non-injured leg and both crutches forward at the same time.

Standing Up

  1. Scoot forward in the chair to make it easier to stand.
  2. Hold both crutches in one hand, on the side of your surgical/injured leg.
  3. Place both feet flat on the ground and place your free hand on the armrest (or seat) of the chair.
  4. Lean forward at your hips, tighten your core muscles and then push down through both hands and both legs in order to stand.
  5. Once standing and steady, place one crutch under each arm.

Sitting Down

  1. Position yourself so that the backs of your legs are touching the chair.
  2. Hold both crutches in one hand, on the side of your surgical/injured leg.
  3. Reach back with your free hand until you feel the armrest (or seat) of the chair.
  4. Slowly lower yourself into the chair.

Going Up Steps/Curbs

  1. Stand close to the surface you intend to go up.
  2. Step up with your non-surgical/non-injured leg.
  3. Step up with your surgical/injured leg and both crutches.
  4. If going up multiple steps, repeat this pattern until you have reached the top.

*If there is a railing available to use, hold both crutches on the side of your body opposite the handrail and grab the handrail with your free hand. Step up with your non-surgical/non-injured leg, then bring your surgical/injured leg and both crutches up at the same time.

Going Down Steps/Curbs

  1. Stand close to the edge of the surface you intend to go down.
  2. Lower both crutches down to the step below.
  3. Bring down your surgical/injured leg first, followed by your non-surgical/non-injured leg.
  4. If going down multiple steps, repeat this pattern until you have reached the bottom.

*If there is a railing available to use, hold both crutches on the side of your body opposite the handrail and grab the handrail with your free hand. Lower the crutches down, step down with your surgical/injured leg, then step down with your non-surgical/non-injured leg.

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90,000 Crutches or walkers: what to choose

Injuries, bruises, dislocations, fractures can temporarily limit or weaken the musculoskeletal function. To make the rehabilitation period easier and not cause discomfort to the patient, there are crutches and walkers. The first are known from the time of the Egyptian kings. Even the design hasn’t changed much. And the walker was invented in the 40s. The original design was not equipped with casters, later this aspect was added. Modern walkers are sold with different options (brakes, for example).So, what kind of temporary means of transportation should the victim choose? To do this, we will conduct a comparative analysis.


They are relevant for fractures, when it is impossible to maintain full physical activity. Body weight is transferred to the arms (shoulders and forearm). The material for the manufacture is wood or aluminum. The standard model consists of a special under-arm support. For the elderly, it should be made of soft material.There is a rubber tip at the bottom.


They look like a chair with a back. The body weight is distributed evenly. They improve coordination of movements, allow you to maintain balance. The load on the legs is minimal. The structure is made of aluminum, the individual elements are made of rubber or plastic. There are models that fold, which is convenient for transportation.Walkers are stationary and mobile. The first ones are equipped with wheels and a brake. The mobile walker is very mobile – it folds / unfolds quickly.

What to choose?

We come to the main question. If the patient is elderly, a walker should definitely be chosen. They are height adjustable and have a larger support area than crutches. To keep the latter, you need to make an effort. For example, a rollator is designed for patients who cannot lift it.Of course, this option of movement is relevant on flat terrain. Walkers can be used in the hospital or at home, but they are inferior to crutches in terms of comfort outdoors. Also, you cannot go down or climb stairs in them. Due to their size, they can get stuck in doorways. But for chronic diseases, it is better to use a walker.

If we are talking about arthrosis or arthritis of the joints, crutches will not work, because part of the weight requires transfer to the upper limbs. Add a nuance here – if the patient is of considerable weight. It will be difficult for him to operate with crutches. Walkers are ideal in this case, plus they will help to cope with the psychological barrier.

It happens that a patient has been bedridden for a long time, but two weeks after walking on a walker, he returns to a full-fledged existence. This is especially important for women. You can slowly manage your household and join the normal rhythm of life.

For example, crutches are more suitable for the younger generation, there is such a variety – “Canadian”.This is an elbow-supported design. They are made of lightweight metal or plastic. If the patient has suffered a stroke, then motor activity is significantly reduced, and then the doctor will definitely insist on the walker. And in case of a fracture or injury, they will ask you to buy crutches.

As you can see, the choice depends on the diagnosis, the severity of the disease and the age of the patient. Modern crutches and walkers are rehabilitation devices with various options.

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90,000 Support for a leg injury.How to choose crutches? | Healthy life | Health

Anton Ivanov, an expert consultant at a medical equipment store, tells about some of the rules for choosing crutches. .

Fell, woke up – plaster cast. So what is next?

If your leg is injured, you need crutches. It is impossible to move for several weeks without them. And the crutches must be correct. The error can turn into serious problems: rubbing, damage to the joints, inflammation of the armpits.For leg fractures, axillary crutches are most often needed. What to consider when selecting them?

Height is the first condition for safety and ease of use. The axillary roller should be at the same time 4–5 cm below the armpit, so as not to “hang” on crutches – otherwise, there will be pain in the armpits due to pressure on the nerve endings.

Since the main emphasis when moving should be done on the hands, the height of the crossbar, for which, in fact, you have to hold on, should be slightly higher than the level of the wrist.

It is clear that with a broken leg you will not go out to buy crutches for yourself, so the person who will do it for you needs to be told what length you need. The formula is as follows: height minus 40 cm.

Design . Wooden crutches with “constant height” are yesterday. Most modern models have multilevel fixation. Be sure to adjust the height immediately after purchase. To do this, you need to stand on your healthy leg, lean on something securely, bend your arms slightly at the elbows, and someone close to you will have to set the length and height of the arm support to a comfortable level.It is important to secure the screws well, but it is better to purchase crutches with push-button latches.

If a partial load on the leg is allowed in the event of an injury and the doctor recommended “Canadians” – that is, crutches with support under the elbow, they must be picked up in the presence of the patient himself, because the cuff of such a crutch (the bed on which the elbow rests) should be below the bend by a certain the number of centimeters depending on the height. (For example, with a height of 170 cm – 5-7 cm below the elbow; and with an increase of 180 and above – 10 cm below the elbow).

Third leg

In different situations, a cane is needed for additional support. The standard one, we usually call it a stick, is used, as a rule, after injuries; multi-support, at the end of which there are several legs, – most often during the period of rehabilitation after a stroke and some other diseases. Important selection criteria:

Height . A cane that is too high or too low is uncomfortable and impairs body stability. Its length should reach mid-thigh. However, the length of the arms is different for everyone, so the cane is chosen as follows: its handle should reach the wrist with the arm slightly bent at the elbow and lowered down.Better to buy a height-adjustable cane.

Handle . The larger its diameter, the more comfortable it is. The main thing is that the fingers of the hand do not join with the girth. Ideally, there is a rubber pad on the handle – the cane will not slip out of your hands.

The bottom tip of the cane is usually rubber – to prevent the stick from slipping. But, if you have to use it in winter, buy with a spike at the bottom, this is additional insurance against falls.

Adult Walker

After a severe stroke, with advanced arthrosis – in a word, in situations where it is difficult to move independently, walkers are used – devices that facilitate the process of walking.There are dozens of very different models, differing in design, functionality, weight, etc. What is important to consider when choosing?

Height and load . Height-adjustable walkers are preferred. You need to pay attention to what kind of load they are designed for, and select in accordance with the weight of the person.

Patient’s condition . At the beginning of rehabilitation, it is better to use a walker with four legs: they are the most stable. For coordination disorders – with support under the elbow.If it is difficult for the patient to lift the walker, you can buy a model with front casters and a lightweight frame. For seriously ill patients and for the elderly, it is worth paying attention to a walker with wheel brakes.

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How to choose the right crutches and how to walk on them

In case of a leg injury: feet, shins, knees or hips, affected for 1-2 months, and sometimes more, should be carried out on crutches. Correctly selected crutches will ensure safety for this long period, and will not cause chafing and inflammation of the armpits, and possible exacerbations of osteochondrosis, muscle overstrain.

Rules for the selection of axillary crutches

2-3 fingers should fit freely between the armpit and the crossbar. To determine the transverse bar for the palm, you need to bend your arm about 30 degrees and clench it into a fist

The main formula when buying crutches – their maximum size is calculated according to the formula “your height minus 40 centimeters.

And when adjusting the crutches at home, you need to remember that:

The axillary roller should be 4-5 cm higher than the armpit

HEIGHT OF THE CROSSBAR FOR THE BRUSH (when you have already leaned on the axillary roller) SHOULD BE A LITTLE ABOVE THE WRIST.

  • It is better to place the crutches slightly to the sides. This way you will be more stable.
  • Try not to lean on your armpits. At first, you will feel like walking is easier, but over time, you will get pain from constant friction.

Fitting crutches for the Canadian elbow

During fitting, you should put your hand into the cuff and place the crutch at a distance of 15 cm from the foot. In this case, the elbow should be bent at an angle of 15-20 degrees.The correct position of the cuff at a distance from the sharpest point of the elbow:

-4.5-5cm with a height of 150 cm

-5-7cm with a height = 170cm

-10cm with a height of 180 cm and

Selection of a cane

Length is the determining factor when choosing a cane. To choose the right cane in length, you need to stand up straight, release your arms freely and bend them slightly at the elbow (about 15-20 degrees) while the handle of the cane should be at the level of the wrist bend line.

How to walk on crutches


  1. Place the crutches forward (simultaneously or alternately)
  2. Bend the injured leg at the knee, lift it off the floor, move it forward on the floor at the length of the foot from the heel to sock.
  3. Leaning on crutches, move and place the healthy leg further than the injured one, the length of the foot. Repeat in this order.

Climbing stairs

  1. Put your good leg one step higher.
  2. Pull the sore leg behind her.
  3. We put crutches on the step on which we are standing.

Descending the stairs

  1. Put the crutches down one step.
  2. Lower the sore leg.
  3. Place your good leg on a step with crutches.

If there is a railing next to the steps, you can hold both crutches in one hand and rest your hand on the railing. When descending and ascending stairs, most of the load should fall on the healthy leg.The arms mainly help to maintain balance.

Standing up

  1. Hold both crutches on the injured side.
  2. Move to the edge of the chair.
  3. To stand up, bend forward and push off the healthy side of the chair handle.
  4. Maintain balance. Follow the instructions for how much you can load the injured leg.
  5. Place the crutches under your arms.


  1. Walk your back to the chair until your feet touch the chair.
  2. Place both crutches in your hand on the injured side.
  3. Touch the back of the chair with your other hand.
  4. Sit down slowly in the chair, bending your legs at the hip joint.

If you need help finding crutches or have any questions related to your injury, then you can ask our specialist at the appointment with a rehabilitation therapist.

Fracture of the leg

You have a broken leg. The fracture is treated with a splint, plaster cast, or a special shoe.The fracture will take 4 to 6 weeks to heal. If you have a severe fracture, you may need surgery to heal it.

Home care

When treating at home, observe the following recommendations:

  • You will be given a splint or plaster cast, a special shoe or other device will be used to fix your leg. Use crutches or a walker when walking unless you are instructed otherwise. Do not step on an injured foot until you have received permission from your healthcare professional to do so.(You can rent crutches or walkers at many drug stores or surgical or orthopedic stores.)

  • Keep your leg elevated to reduce pain and swelling. Place a pillow under your injured leg when you go to bed. When sitting, place your injured leg so that it is at waist level. It is very important to follow this rule during the first 2 days (48 hours).

  • Apply an ice pack to the injury site.Apply an ice pack for 20 minutes every 1 to 2 hours for the first day to reduce pain. You can make an ice pack by wrapping a plastic bag with ice cubes in a thin towel. Make sure that the gypsum / splint / boot does not get wet when the ice melts. You can apply an ice pack directly over a splint or cast. For the next 2 days, continue to apply the ice pack 3-4 times a day. Then use an ice pack as needed to reduce pain and swelling.

  • The cast / splint / boot must always be kept dry. Do not immerse the cast / splint / shoe in water while washing. To prevent water ingress, wrap the bandage in a plastic bag, securing it at the top with rubber tape. If your boot, fiberglass tire or splint gets wet, you can blow dry it.

  • If you have not been prescribed any other drugs, you can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve pain. If you have chronic liver disease or chronic kidney disease, consult your healthcare professional before using these drugs. You should also consult your doctor if you have had a stomach ulcer or gastrointestinal bleeding (GI bleeding).

  • If you experience itching, do not apply any creams or objects under the cast.


Visit your doctor again after 1 week or as directed.This is to make sure the bone is healing properly. If a splint was applied, at the next visit to the doctor, it can be replaced with a plaster cast.

If X-rays have been taken, the radiologist will review them. You will be told about any results that may affect your treatment.

When to seek medical attention

If any of the following occurs, contact your healthcare provider right away:

  • A crack appears in the dressing

  • The cast or splint is wet or soft

  • Splint or the splint remains damp for more than 24 hours

  • The bandage smells bad, or the bandage has wound stains

  • Feeling of tightness or pain under the plaster cast or splint gets worse

  • Toes become cold blue, numb, or tingling

  • You cannot move your toes

  • The skin around the dressing turns red

  • Temperature 101 ºF (38. 3 ºC) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider doctor

How to walk properly on crutches

First of all, when learning to walk on crutches, you need to choose the right size and adjust the height.The armpit platform (upper part of the crutch) should be 3-4 centimeters below the armpit . The elbows should be bent at about 30 degrees when grasping the handle.

How to learn to walk correctly with crutches in case of a fracture (instruction)

It is better to start studying at home and only when you are sure to go outside. If you find it difficult to start using two crutches right away, you can first learn to walk with one crutch.To do this, you need to take a crutch with one hand, and hold on to a support (for example, a table) with the other hand.

    1. Place the crutch forward at a step distance.
    1. Transfer body weight to the crutch.
  1. Move your good leg to stride length.

It is not recommended to walk with one crutch if you are heavy. One crutch can support from 80 to 120 kilograms of weight.It turns out that a pair of crutches can withstand 2 times more. Therefore, in order to avoid damage to crutches with a large weight, it is better to learn to walk on 2 crutches at once.

After you have learned to handle one crutch. You can try walking on two.

    1. Place one crutch forward one step distance.
    1. Place the second crutch at the same distance.
    1. Transfer body weight on crutches.
  1. Move your good leg a step distance.

Once everything starts working out, try moving two crutches forward at the same time.

The figure shows 5 options for movement with crutches. Choose whichever is more to your liking.

Helpful Hints:

  • It is better to place the crutches slightly to the sides. This way you will be more stable.
  • Try not to lean on your armpits.At first, you will feel like walking is easier, but over time, you will get pain from constant friction.

Most good videos on how to walk properly with crutches in English. Here is one of them. Everything is clear and without translation.

How to walk on crutches without one leg

Walking on crutches without one leg is almost no different from walking with a leg cast. The only difference is that with a cast leg you can sometimes lean slightly.

Problems with walking can only occur if you have weak hands. In this case it is recommended to do hand exercises . For example, lifting light dumbbells.

Some people will find it more convenient to walk around the apartment with a walker instead of crutches. And do not forget about physical activity.

Losing a leg is a very big grief. For inspiration, you can watch the excellent 1 + 1 movie based on real events.

You can familiarize yourself with the biography of Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms and legs, and now the whole world knows him.His book Life Without Borders has helped many people.

And there is also a very good story by Vladislav Titov “To spite all deaths …”

The main thing is not to limp!

In the next video, a man is building his house and running a business on crutches.

How to walk up stairs and steps on crutches

Climbing stairs

    1. Put your good leg one step higher.
    1. We pull up the sore leg behind it.
  1. We put crutches on the step on which we are standing.

Staircase descent

    1. Put the crutches down one step.
    1. Lower the sore leg.
  1. Place your good leg on a step with crutches.

If there is a handrail next to the steps, you can take both crutches in one hand and rest your hand on the handrail. When descending and ascending stairs, most of the load should be on the healthy leg .The arms mainly help to maintain balance.

In the next video, you can watch a girl going down the stairs on crutches.

How long do you need to walk on crutches after a fracture

For a hip fracture , skeletal traction is done first. It takes 1.5-2 months. After that, a plaster cast is applied, and it is allowed to step on the foot only after 3-4 months.

Fracture of the femoral neck can be treated in different ways:

    1. Immobilization – a plaster cast is applied and the leg is kept at rest.It is not recommended to treat a hip fracture in this way, as muscle atrophy may occur.
    1. Osteosynthesis – reduction of bone fragments is done with screws or a pin. This technique is slightly better, but scars can form.
  1. Endoprosthetics – a metal prosthesis is inserted. The best option. But even in this case, you will have to walk on crutches 3-6 months .

If ankle fracture is treated without a plaster cast, then walking on crutches will take only 1.5-2 months.With the application of plaster and surgical treatment, the period may slightly increase and will be 2-2.5 months. In the worst case, with skeletal traction, the duration of treatment can stretch up to 4-6 months.

How to teach a child to walk on crutches

It is usually more difficult to teach a child to walk on crutches. I recommend watching how this is done in the video. The main thing is a little more patience and attention.

Unfortunately, the video is in English, but even without knowing the language, everything is quite clear.

How to walk with elbow crutches (Canadian)

Walking on elbow crutches is almost the same as walking on axillary crutches.If you have weak arms, it is better to opt for axillary crutches. This will make it easier to walk.

The elbow crutches have the advantage that they are lighter and take up less space.

You can read about walking technique at the very beginning of the article. It is important to choose the correct size for crutches. When walking on Canadians, the main load falls not on the axillary part, but on the hands.

To select the correct elbow crutches:

    1. Stand up straight and move the tip of the crutch about 15 centimeters away from the foot.
    1. Bend your elbows 15-20 degrees.
    1. The forearm cuff should be located 5-10 centimeters from the elbow.
  1. The cuff must not be too tight or too loose.

How to walk on crutches after removing the cast

After removal of the plaster, the second stage of rehabilitation begins .You need to walk on crutches for a week, but get up completely on your leg. For the first few days, you should have an elastic bandage on your leg. After a week, you can start using a cane instead of crutches. Massage courses and physiotherapy will be very helpful in recovery. In about a month, it will already be possible to walk fully and engage in heavy physical labor.

At first, it is very scary to step on a damaged leg. Pain will appear in the leg. This is due to the fact that the muscles did not move for a long time and the bones did not receive any load.But you still need to try to walk more and more. Swimming may be good for recovery.

90,000 In Bashkiria, the Ministry of Health is checking on the fact of fixing the patient’s broken leg with a mop

In Bashkiria, the Ministry of Health is conducting an official check on the fact of refusal of hospitalization and inadequate provision of medical care to an elderly patient who was admitted to the Kushnarenkovskaya central regional hospital with a hip fracture.

83-year-old Farida Gatiatullovna Agisheva – retired, disabled, labor veteran. All her long life she worked on a collective farm, in the sphere of trade, raised four children. Now she lives alone, moves with a stick. On February 13, at home, crossing the threshold, an elderly woman did not keep her balance, fell and hit hard. The pensioner was able to crawl to the door and call the neighbors for help. From the village she was brought by ambulance to the hospital in the regional center, where doctors diagnosed a hip fracture, put on a special derotation boot, but refused to hospitalize, saying that the case was not an emergency.

At the same time, they refused to take the pensioner back home, but did not leave the hospital until morning. In addition, it turned out that the derotation boot was made using a piece of a wooden mop stick, which was previously used in the hospital for its intended purpose.

The grandmother also says that she lay in the examination room for 7 hours, without the proper attention of the medical staff, she froze and was in pain. All these facts deeply angered the woman’s relatives, and they, hoping for help from higher authorities, posted video footage of the woman’s stay in a medical facility on social networks.

The reaction was pretty quick. The next morning, the grandmother was taken to the trauma department of the 21st hospital in Ufa, where the patient received emergency medical care and is now being prepared for surgery.

“The patient was diagnosed with a fracture of the upper third of the thigh, with displacement of fragments, we are now preparing her for surgical treatment – hip synthesis, in the next 2-3 days we will operate,” said the head of the traumatology department Akhtyam Fayzullin. – Previously, elderly patients with such diagnoses were prescribed skeletal traction or plaster cast.Now operations are performed when a special metal structure is inserted into the thigh. The grandmother has no contraindications for this operation. 3-4 days after the operation, she will be able to stand on crutches, the wound in such cases heals on the 10th day, and the bone will heal in 3 months. Up to 100 people a year are admitted to our hospital with a hip fracture. ”

According to the traumatologist, when providing the first emergency aid to the patient, it was possible to do without that mechanism using a mop stick, which was imposed on the woman in the Kushnarenkovsky district hospital.It was enough to fix the victim in a functionally advantageous position, or with the help of a transport bus. Although in emergency cases, for fixing, indeed, any handy means can be used, including such wooden objects.

“In this situation, that during the immobilization bandage application a wooden object was used, and the patient was offered outpatient treatment at home under the supervision of a doctor at the place of residence, an official check is carried out.Based on its results, certain response measures will be taken in relation to the hospital staff, – said the acting. Minister of Health Maxim Zabelin. “As for the provision of first aid to the patient, in the Kushnarenkovskaya district hospital, it was carried out according to all standards and rules: immobilization, anesthesia, drug treatment were prescribed.”

Now Farida Gatiatullovna feels well and thanks the doctors of the 21st hospital for the warm and friendly attitude of the medical staff.

“I fell into good hands,” the woman says. – They set me up for an operation, they reassure me that everything will be fine. I wanted to live, otherwise I was so worried. May God grant them health. But it’s a shame how they treated me in the regional hospital, did we deserve it, worked all our lives ”.

Earlier, “Bashinform” in the Kushnarenkovskaya central regional hospital denied the fact of fixing the patient’s leg with a wooden mop stick.

On this fact, the Dyurtyulinsky Investigation Department of the ICR in Bashkortostan is conducting a pre-investigation check for the provision of services that do not meet safety requirements.During the check, a legal assessment will be made of the actions of the medical staff of the hospital to which the woman applied, and a procedural decision will be made based on the results.

90,000 Flight with a broken leg

Six days before the honeymoon trip, my wife broke her leg. Deciding not to cancel the trip, we prepared for the worst. But it turned out that the main thing is to call on time and not to miss a couple of details.

Mikhail Kenegesov, flew with crutches and comfortably

Plaster cast or orthosis

We went on board on crutches and in an orthosis – this is a special sock with lacing and iron inserts that rigidly fix the foot and prevent it from moving.

Plaster would be more difficult. Many carriers have a ban on passengers with plaster of paris. The pressure at altitude changes, the limbs swell. And if the leg has nowhere to expand, it can cause circulatory disturbances, severe pain and cause blood clots. Therefore, before the flight, it is better to inform the airline about the gypsum and find out its reaction.

After talking with the doctor, the first thing we did was call the contact center of the Japan Airlines we were flying – these phones are always indicated on the tickets.It seemed to us that the situation was out of the ordinary, but the operator reassured him, saying that dozens of such calls are received every day. He found our tickets by booking code and made special marks on them. To do this, he clarified whether a person with an injury can walk without assistance, bend his knees, and whether an accompanying person will be with him.

The operator explained that online check-in is impossible in such cases and the exact place on the plane will be determined at the check-in counter. In the end, he thanked us for calling in advance and confirmed that the airline would be ready to provide us with a comfortable flight.

The most important thing here is “the airline will be ready”. It is important to warn her of your situation ahead of time. The rules of some carriers often even set a clear deadline – for example, you need to notify us 36 hours before the flight, otherwise the company may cancel the ticket. You need to warn that you have extra legroom reserved in advance, and that the staff at the airport and on the plane are ready to help you during the flight.

It is most convenient to fly with aluminum crutches – they fold down and easily fit on the overhead rack


On the day of departure, we arrived at the airport, and my wife limped herself on crutches to the check-in counter.There, an airline employee called a representative of the special service – Airport Assistance. The man brought a wheelchair a few minutes later. He took us on a short route directly to a special sector, where pilots and flight attendants undergo pre-flight inspection and customs control. The check took several minutes: the wife was not asked to take off her shoes and take off the orthosis – they scanned the leg with him. We were invited to land first. The assistance officer accompanied us to the door of the plane.

Later we learned that after calling the airline we should have called the airport as well.Assistance service is an airport service. And in the case of our appeal, we could be met right at the entrance to the terminal and help with the luggage. The assistance service at the airport of arrival is already requested by the airline whose reso you will fly.


We had a nine-hour flight, and the airline upgraded the ticket for both my wife and me. Now we flew in premium economy – it’s like a business, only the chairs do not fold out into a full bed. The wife had sliding aluminum crutches that fit on the luggage rack in the cabin.If the crutches are more than 75 cm long, you will most likely have to check them in your regular baggage.

After landing, we were asked to wait until all passengers left the cabin. The plane stopped far from the terminal and the passengers went down the usual gangway: it is difficult to do the same with a broken leg. Left on the plane alone, we saw a special car approaching it – a mixture of a truck and an ambulance. It turned out that its rear part rises like an elevator to the level of the plane’s doors and you can go there, bypassing the steps of the ladder.

When we were on the ground, we were again met by an airport employee, who again took us to the special sector, where we quickly went through passport and customs control. He helped us collect our luggage and walked us to the taxi rank. Never before have we traveled with such a level of comfort.

Assistance service accompanied us throughout the airport – until the very landing on the plane


Upgrading tickets and assistance at the airport, including the use of a special elevator for disembarking from the plane, did not cost us a single ruble.This type of assistance is provided by almost all airports and airlines free of charge to all passengers who need it.

The media often write about cases where people with plaster or other injuries were forced to buy a number of seats or pay extra for business class tickets. This is often because the airline only learns about the problem when the passenger checks in for the flight.

At this point, the airline can no longer do much: it cannot seat a person with an injury at the emergency exits, even though there is more room there.And such people must be placed so that they do not become a hindrance to a possible evacuation. Therefore, it is often easier for them to refuse, albeit at the cost of a scandal, than to endanger the lives of other passengers.

So the main advice in this situation: just notify the airport and the airline in advance. And enjoy the result.

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