Physio have been round and are going to fit one like yours.That one did. It had hinged joints on the side that were set at a certain degree bend. I had other issues besides the infected knee prosthetic and had a few different surgeries done. I was in that brace for 6 months then went to a toe to thigh straight plastic one that looked like a cast. Couldn't move the leg for 5 months before the final surgery. I know things feel miserable right now but they will get better. Baby that leg, don't do more than you absolutely have to. The only PT I had was to make sure I was mobile and could up and down with out problems. I was never keen on using ice and elevating but I swear by it now. I would sleep with my ice pads wrapped around the knee (husband didn't like that much..lol)
How much bend did you get with it the physiotherapists seem obsessed about getting a good bend but it's still badly swollen.That looks much better. I wore my brace straight on the skin. Otherwise it would slip. I live in Phoenix, Arizona so I can wear shorts a lot of the year. I wore a lot of sweatpants during the winter or baggy pants.When I was partial or no weight I used crutches. Partial weight wasn't too bad, almost tip toed with that leg and only in enclosed spaces in case I had to grab something.
I totally agree I don't know why they have this obsession about bending.Those of us that have been in immobilizers for 6-8 weeks with no bending at all, came back fine once we could start bending. Time has nothing to do with it, the healing and getting the swelling down does. Tell physio to back off and you control everything.
Yes iv through picc line and quite a few pain meds.Yes, that's perfectly normal under the circumstances you're going through. You're still on antibiotics, aren't you?
@eaglemomI had one of those braces for 4 weeks. I was under strict instructions that it was to stay on unless I was in the shower. I was then told to not even think of showering more than once every few days. Ugh. But frankly I was in bed icing and elevating the entire time so it wasn't a big deal. I did get up and move about the house, all with a walker. I split a pair of sweat pants up the seam if I felt I wanted something long on.
Use the walker as long as you need to, to be safe. When you then use the cane the same thing. One day you'll go across the house and realize you don't have it! I carry a cane in the car and carry it on the oh so rare occasion I go out.