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What to Wear While On Crutches

CrutchesIf you’ve had surgery or injured yourself and you’re in the non-weight-bearing status and on crutches, you are likely struggling with a lot of things on a daily basis. Of course, you are wondering how you are supposed to get up and downstairs, but even worse, you must be struggling with basic things like showering and getting dressed! With these helpful hints, you should have a better idea of how to dress for the success of your recovery. Here are some suggestions on what you should wear while on crutches.

-Suggestion 1: The Right Fit
When you are on crutches, you do not want to wear clothing that is too tight or constrictive, which would make it harder to move and make you even more hot and sweaty than you already are. You also do not want to wear loose and baggy clothing that could cause you to trip. Find things in your wardrobe that fit properly, not too tight, not too baggy!

-Suggestion 2: Comfort is Key
When you are dealing with crutches and the hazards of being in a non-weight-bearing status, you need to think about comfort above anything else, other than safety, of course! If you have clothing that is not of the utmost comfort, forget those items for now, and focus on being comfortable while you recover. Some pants have a zipper opening which is very helpful when putting/pulling pants on and off for a bulky cast or boot.

-Suggestion 3: A Stable Shoe
It might be strange to pick out just one shoe to wear, but when you have a foot or leg injury, it’s all you need. Choose your shoe with care because with only one foot to get where you need to go, you need to make sure your shoe is comfortable and easy to get off and on, without sliding off unexpectedly. The shoe needs to be supportive, too, so you don’t cause your good foot any more grief than the extra use it’s already getting.

-Suggestion 4: Cut Offs or Elastic
It might be rather painful to pull anything over your injured area for a while, so you might want to consider cutting off some of your old pants and making them into shorts, so they do not aggravate the injury. If that’s not your first choice, buy some pants with elastic (such as sweatpants,) so they can easily stretch over your injured leg.


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-Suggestion 5: CastCoverz!
You might feel like you lack style and creativity during the recovery process since you are dressing for comfort and not aesthetics. CastCoverz! to the rescue! CastCoverz! offers fun and functional products that comfort orthopedic patients. We have fashionable and solid-color braces and cast covers that slip right over your orthopedic device to keep it clean and scratch-free. CrutchWear relieves under-arm and palm-of-your hand pain from crutches with oh-so-comfy and cool designer crutch pads. Add some personality and color to an otherwise not-so-fun time in your life. You can buy one that matches everything or mix it up with many fabrics to choose from, for kids and adults alike!

-Suggestion 6: Options OTHER than Crutches
Goodbye Crutches Knee ScooterYou might feel as though your crutches are the one accessory you can’t get rid of, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are three great alternatives to help those who struggle with crutches. A Steerable Knee Scooter, the Seated Scooter, and the iWALK3.0 Hands Free Crutch all can help you get around easier, faster, and with more freedom than you can imagine.

With these suggestions, you should be able to choose the perfect clothing items to help you get through the recovery process, with as much comfort and ease as possible. Keep in mind that all of your clothes will be waiting for you when you’re off those crutches. In fact, you’ll feel like you have a whole new wardrobe!

how to survive the holidays on one foot

How to Survive the Holidays on One Foot

Christmas is a magical time of the year…so much to see and do…so little time. Add to that the fact that this year, you only have one foot on which to do it all and Christmas becomes a bit of a nightmare. How will you do it? Here are a few tips to help you survive and even enjoy the holiday season despite your injury.

Tip #1:  Scale Back

You say you’re going to do it every year, and yet you never do. This year it’s the time to actually do it.  Everyone will understand if your house isn’t decorated to the hilt. Your family will understand if you want to skip a few parties to rest. And your friends will know why they are getting gift cards instead of a carefully chosen gift. You might even find that doing less allows you to enjoy more!

Tip #2:  Ask for Help

There’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help, especially during the holiday season. If you need help decorating, running errands, or getting around in the cold and snow, just ask! People are in a very giving spirit this time of year and they will likely welcome your requests with open arms. You simply can’t do it all on one foot so ask for help and do what you can!

Tip #3:  Look into Alternatives to Crutches

In order to enjoy as much mobility as possible during Christmas and the duration of your recovery, consult a company such as KneeRover® and see what options there are that can help you get off those crutches and onto a device that will help you get around with more comfort and ease. The Seated Scooter is ideal for snow and ice because you can sit and scoot yourself around ensuring that you will never slip and fall.  The Steerable Knee Scooter is also very stable and allows you to kneel, scoot and “move free” while you keep your bad leg up and elevated.  Another product, the iWALK3.0 Hands Free Crutch, helps you to retain the use of both hands at all times while you get around. Think about how each of the three options works and choose what would be best for your needs.

Tip #4:  Schedule Rest

It’s easy to get into the family celebrations and parties and forget about what your recovery needs are. It is important, however, to make sure you get the rest you need in order to keep your healing on track. Once you know how much rest you need, be sure that you get it no matter what else is going on.

Tip #5:  Don’t Overdo it

It’s easy to overdo it on Christmas, even with two feet under you. When you’re on just one, that task is even easier. Listen to your body carefully and make sure you only do what you really feel you can do. You don’t want to spend more time recovering because you overexerted yourself during the holidays.

Tip #6:  Invite and Decline

If it’s easier for you to host than to attend parties this year, invite the people you really want to see over and decline other invitations. It’s okay to skip a few things and do other things differently this year. You can go back to doing it all next year!

Tip #7:  Put Recovery Items on your Gift List

There are a number of things you might want to add to your list to help you get through Christmas and the rest of your recovery. CastCoverz! cast and walking boot covers will not only keep your toes warm and dry this winter, but you’ll also be giving your orthopedic device lots of personality! Be sure to check out CastCoverz! CrutchWear crutch covers for comfort and convenience, too! The shower stool can help you enjoy your showers again. If you’re a hard-to-buy-for person, these items that you really want and need are great ideas.

Looking for more helpful hints on day-to-day survival while you heal? Check out Cooking while Injured and Doing Household Chores While Injured.  With these tips, you will not only survive Christmas but also enjoy it with a joyful spirit!How to Survive Christmas on One Foot

Being Safe During Halloween – Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Halloween

Like you, I always wanted my children to enjoy Halloween, but I worried about their safety.  Even more so if your child has sustained an injury.  FUN (?) FACT: CastCoverz! was created because of a broken bone my then 10 year old daughter sustained right before Halloween.  It’s always important to do all we can to keep our children safe during Halloween, especially since most activities will be in the late evening. Some of your kids will be out after dark for the first time. So please heed these Halloween safety tips, whether or not your child has a broken bone or other injury: Continue reading

Things to Love About Non-Weight Bearing Lifestyle

Guest Post by Goodbye Crutches

When you break your ankle or have foot/ankle surgery, your doctor tells you to remain non-weight bearing for the time being. It’s easy to think of all of the inconveniences of being on crutches, but let’s stay positive! Here are a few things you are bound to love about the non-weight bearing lifestyle!

Extra Attention
Though you may not want people surrounding you and doting on your every need, you have to admit, the extra attention is kind of nice. When was the last time your husband offered to make dinner or your wife took out the trash? Friends have offered to run your errands and are calling to check in on you. You are getting some much needed extra attention, soak it up while you can!

You lead a busy life. With work, kids, family gatherings, and many daily activities, it can be hard to slow down and do some of the things you really want to do. You will have to rest, and while you do that, why not catch up on that magazine pile or watch a few good movies you’ve missed? You can’t be as active during recovery, but everyone enjoys a good rest now and then!

Your Mobility Options
Knee ScooterThere aren’t many people that love being on crutches, but with today’s modern technology on your side, you have options! Goodbye Crutches has three mobility devices from which to choose. The Seated Scooter, the Knee Scooter, and the iWALKFree Hands Free Crutch. Inspect the details on all three devices and choose the one that is best for you. If you need the use of your hands, the iWALKFree Hands Free Crutch might be the one for you. If you need extra energy, the Seated Scooter allows you to be mobile, while staying seated. If you want to be fast and efficient, perhaps the Knee Scooter is best. Whichever device you choose, they’re all fun, easy to use, and will be something you love about the non-weight bearing lifestyle.

About Us Sept 2013Everyone tires of their wardrobe from time to time, and when you’re dealing with an orthopedic event, getting dressed can certainly be more difficult. But, you can look on the bright side and add CastCoverz! orthopedic accessories to your life. These covers for casts, braces, walking boots, crutches, and more can blend right in or make a fashion statement with a variety of fabrics from bold and vibrant to solid and neutral. Not only do they add style, they add function by keeping your cast clean and snag-free, becoming your best asset during the recovery process.

The non-weight bearing lifestyle is hard, there’s not doubt about it. Instead of dwelling on the inconveniences, think about the parts you are bound to love. With a smile on your face and love in your heart, the recovery process will go by much faster.