||[Dec. 21st, 2005|09:18 am]
So I'm almost at the point where I can limp around w/out crutches. Though I think some sort of walking assistance would be good. I could, if I really had to, limp about without them right now, but I'm trying to not aggravate the injury. This is good timing as I still need to do laundry before flying out on Friday. I think I will be mobile tomorrow. But I would really like use of a cane.
A-does anyone have one I could borrow for a bit?
B-does anyone know where I can get one?
I figured I'd call my Dr.'s office and ask, but I figured I'd ask the magic of LJ first...
I've no idea where you might find a cane. There are a couple medical supply stores near harvard med school that I'm sure would have them, but there've got to be more convenient places for you.
Until you find one, you can use a single crutch in essentially the same way. In fact, I would consider just using a crutch instead of getting a cane.
After I broke my ankle, I spent about a month using a single crutch as a walking assistant, rather than a cane. It's functionally the same thing, but the crutch was better for me - partly because I was so accustomed to the crutch at that point and I was able to get more support from it, and partly because I had this tendency to lean and use the cane out in front of me that I didn't have with the crutch. It's a little harder to make an elegant looking crutch.
[ that was only after I'd spent about a month using 2 crutches as a walking assistant, but still putting some weight on my foot. It was a pretty bad injury and took a longlong time to heal. I'm glad you're getting better. ]
:does the voodoo victory dance:
Pygment has a very good one you'd be welcome to - solid wood with a brass handle. Pickup might be a bit challenging, though, as we're in Burlington today and heading to Philly tomorrow. Email her with that nick at gmail.com
I'm very glad you're feeling better. :)
I've often seen them in drug stores, but I don't think that they are a reliable enough source to count on.
While I have two you'd be welcome to, they're not anywhere close to you. :-(
However, I'd recommend finding one for yourself as opposed to borrowing. A good cane is indispensable, but a cane that isn't right for you is worse than none at all. A good cane should meet the following requirements.
- A good cane should have an adequate handle for you to grasp comfortably all day long. This counts far more importantly than looks, so avoid fancy-headed canes with skulls or dog's heads and look for one with the proper length to the handle.
- A good cane should also be the right size for you. Too small and you'll have to stoop while you walk. Too tall and you'll have trouble putting your weight on it without having it at an angle. It should take your weight at a 90-degree angle from the pavement (assuming level pavement).
- Finally, the end of the cane should have a non-skid footing on it. It's very important that the cane have at least as good traction as the shoes you will wear.
Cane's can be had at various and sundry places, including drug stores, medical supply stores and tobacco shops. My best cane was purchased at a knife store.