A physio’s view

Had this nice comment the other day, from a sports physio who is an ultratrail runner:

Having to use crutches for a lower leg running injury was beyond frustrating, causing me shoulder problems, sore hands and practical difficulties not being able to carry anything.
I was a little skeptical of the peg leg being rather large and awkward to move around when not in use but from the moment I stood on it all doubts were relieved. It takes a bit of getting used to but within a few minutes I was walking without my crutches and with free hands.
This revolutionised my capacity at home, being able to take a cup of tea from the kitchen to the lounge was glorious!
The peg leg is intended for fairly active people who have a reasonable sense of balance and strength. The best thing about using the peg leg for me was it allowed my buttock and thigh muscles to start working again which were becoming weaker while on crutches. I would recommend anyone try the peg leg but especially active and sporting types who want to minimise the effect of their injury on the rest of their life.

Claire Akin-Smith
Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, experienced ultratrail runner

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