I have a fracture in my 5th metatarsal - no surgery, no cast, no splint, but strict orders to stay entirely off it (no toe-touch for balance, no resting weight on my heel even though it's fairly painless). I'm on standard crutches. Getting around is annoying, doing my job also awkward. What other mobility assistance might be useful - knee scooter? hands-free crutch?
Today is my first day back at work since I broke my left foot about a week ago. The first doctor I saw was super-hasty and I felt I kind of got a brush-off, he prescribed staying off it, didn't specify when I should start driving or go back to work, just "let the pain be your guide to your activity level". Of course, if I did that, I'd be using my heel for balance, but he strictly forbade any such thing, the left foot is not to touch the ground for 4 weeks, I go back for more x-rays, and probably another 4 weeks on crutches still. The only really useful thing he did for me was give me a referral to a foot specialist, but that's not till Friday.
My house has steep narrow stairs that I have to take a couple of times a day (bathroom) and I've started using an ace bandage for support of my good knee, as that's pretty tiring even when I hang on the bannister. My job involves a few hour/day of sitting at a computer (yay!) but also several hours of standing around a lab table, maneuvering through fairly tight spots around the lab; fortunately I can get help with the bending and lifting, but still the space is set up poorly for somebody who can't stand/walk.
I was considering buying either a knee scooter
or a knee crutch
. Maybe someone who's used one can comment on what's best for mobility, standing for long periods, maneuverability, etc? A reason I should prefer one over the other? The scooter might be easier to find brick-and-mortar, and would be helpful for lab, except maybe for not fitting; the knee crutch looks ridiculous and unstable, but might actually be useful on stairs.