Freedom Leg Brace is safer than crutches on stairs

With your hands free to hold onto a handrail the Freedom Leg brace from Forward Mobility provides dramatically improved safety compared to crutches when going up and down stairs.

Freedom Leg Brace on Stairs

For those with stairs in their home or office the Freedom Leg brace is a great alternative to crutches.

We hear stories about people using crutches that have to sit down on their rear ends to go up and down stairs. This is a ridiculous way to have to get around their own home.

The Freedom Leg brace gives you the confidence that you can safely traverse stairs.

Freedom Leg Brace can help in the treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

According to statistics from the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) website, Diabetes affects 26 million people in the US and more than 366 million people worldwide and up to 25% of those with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer. More than half of all foot ulcers will become infected, requiring hospitalization and 20% of infections result in amputation. This means that every 20 seconds, somewhere in the world, a limb is lost as a consequence of diabetes.

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One of the important elements in the treatment of a Diabetic foot ulcer is to reduce the weight on the foot with the ulcer allowing the tissue to heal. Many people with Diabetes, especially the elderly, are not strong or stable enough to use crutches so they have not had many good options before the Freedom Leg. As mentioned in an early post, “The Freedom Leg in conjunction with a secondary device such as a cane or walker can give them safe mobility. The Freedom Leg can support their weight while the secondary device can provide additional stability.”

Using Freedom Leg with Compromised Mobility

An important patient group for the Freedom Leg are those with compromised mobility. They would be unable to use crutches and have few alternatives.

The Freedom Leg in conjunction with a secondary device such as a cane or walker can give them safe mobility. The Freedom Leg can support their weight while the secondary device can provide additional stability.

One of the largest groups that fall in this category are those with Diabetic Foot Ulcers. The most important ingredient to getting the ulcer to heal is to keep the weight of it. Many people with Diabetes, especially the elderly, are not strong or stable enough to use crutches so they have not had many good options before the Freedom Leg. This has resulted in thousands of amputations each year.

The Freedom Leg is now showing great success is giving them the mobility aid that was needed to consistently off-load the foot and allowing it to heal.

Treatment option for partial Achilles Tendon Rupture

Freedom Leg Brace can provide a non-surgical treatment option for partial Achilles Tendon Rupture

In many cases it is possible to treat a partial Achilles Tendon Rupture with a more conservative approach that does not require surgery. This typically means 8+ weeks of non-weight bearing on the affected leg. It can be very difficult to comply with this prescription if you are using crutches. Many people are unable to consistently use crutches for such an extended period of time because of the inconvenience and pain to the back and upper body associated with continuous use. They begin to put the injured foot on the ground which can aggravate the injury so it will not heal. The result is they may then require surgery and another long non-weight bearing period.

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A better solution is to use the Freedom Leg Brace  to allow the Achilles Tendon to heal. Once you put on the brace you know you are non-weight bearing 100% of the time. You still have the use of your hands and there is no strain on the back or upper body. The Freedom Leg brace easily integrates into your daily routine making it much easier to comply with the doctor.