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PC patients use a variety of walking aids and other mobility equipment to take pressure off of their feet.
K6a patient "I use crutches to lift the pressure off my feet. They are particularly helpful when I have long distances to walk or when I have to stand for a long time. They ensure that I can do more for a longer period of time. I can also cover distances more quickly with crutches. Having crutches to use also ensures that I go more places and participate in more things as pain would otherwise keep me home."
K6a patient "Knee pads are lifesavers if my feet are too sore to walk and I resort to "walking" on my knees. They are especially good when my feet are too sore to vacuum or mop the floor and I know I will need to be on my knees for a long time."
Many different types of knee pads are available online through Amazon.com and other online stores.
K6a patient "For decades I walked on my knees to save the pain in my feet. But my knees are now ruined and often the choice is which pain was the least worse to walk on. This snazzy little wheelchair has saved both my knees and my feet. As a mom, I walk up and down my hallways and around my house all day long. While I'm not dependent upon the chair (I only use it in my own home) I take those many, many trips around my home pain-free and quickly, saving my feet for outside errands and activities where I don't use a wheelchair. It's also fast and it has a tight turning radius for easy maneuvering."
K16 patient "I have a mobility scooter and it has been an incredible help. I take it everywhere. I've just gone from the East Coast of the USA to Australia and New Zealand. I went through museums, wildlife parks, towns and cities without any pain. And I told my husband that it was the first vacation that I didn't complain that my feet were killing me. It's a tremendous help. Unfortunately, my insurance won't pay for it, but we bought it anyway. I opted for a portable, folding scooter called " The Luggie" because I can handle getting it in the car myself. Insurance would only pay for one of those big scooters."
K6a patient "I use an armless office chair with wheels in my kitchen. I scoot around using my toes, but at least my hands and arms are free to cook, bake, serve meals, etc. This is great because I spend so much time in the kitchen and I can't stand for long on hard floors. Before getting an office chair, I used to drag stools from place to place in the kitchen. Having an office chair is much easier."
BizChair.com offers a variety of office chairs.
A rollator could best be described as a standard walker taken to the extreme. Four large tires replace the two small wheels and two posts of a walker. The handles of a rollator feature caliper brakes, much like a ten-speed bicycle. The user can squeeze these hand brakes to lock the wheels in place, or release them to continue walking.
A rollator also contains a large basket for storage purposes, along with a canvas seat and back between the handles. This seat allows users to take short rest breaks whenever necessary. The storage area of a rollator is often larger and more stable than the wire basket attachment of a standard walker. Due to its collapsible design, a rollator can also be folded and stored in a car's trunk or rear seat. Standard walkers can be folded into thirds, but they are not nearly as compact as a rollator.
K16 patient "It's like a walker but it has a seat. I took that all over Europe and it was very helpful. I was still on my feet, but my arms shared the pressure and I had a seat whenever I needed it."
K16 patient "I've been using a rollator, which is a walker type device, but it's on wheels so you don't lift, and it has a seat so you can sit and rest whenever you need it. I've taken it all over Europe on vacations and it has been a tremendous help -- not as much as if someone were pushing me in a wheelchair, but it has been extremely helpful. The nice thing is that the seat lifts up and there is a storage area where I put my cane folded up (for times I can't fit the rollator) and my handbag, water, souvenirs, all kinds of stuff. Mine is made by Medline but there are lots of different ones. They have brakes on them too so walking downhill isn't difficult. You do have to remember to put the brakes on before sitting though. It's so nice when I'm on a tour and the guide wants to talk about a statue for 10 minutes. I just sit and I buy myself some more walking time. It's even good for buffet lines. I put my tray on my seat so I don't need help. Just a thought. After using the rollator, I notice that my arms are sore because I'm sharing the pressure from my feet. But it's definitely worth it."
K16 patient: "On a trip to Boston USA a few weeks ago I came across 'Wellness mats' which are much more comfortable to stand on than normal carpeted floors/ bath mats. I bought a couple; one as a bath mat and another for by the cooker in the kitchen. Unfortunately they do not seem to ship outside of the USA or Canada but may be worth looking in to if you can get hold of them.
From the Wellness Mats website: "Anti-fatigue Comfort Mats for Your Home, Office, and Garage - Wellness Mats Wellness Mats revolutionary anti-fatigue floor mats are ergonomically engineered and medically proven to provide unsurpassed comfort, safety, relief, and support while you stand, wherever you stand with a 7-year comprehensive warranty."
Wheelchairs are used by people for whom walking is difficult, painful, or impossible due to illness (mental or physical), injury, or disability
K6a patient "It is painful to walk, so uses a wheelchair. Calls it a Miracle, now can go to amusement parks all day."