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When you first planned your summer vacation, you didn’t expect to injure yourself and spend the vacation on only one foot.  Since you did injure yourself, however, you now have to deal with what that means for your vacation.  You need to go back and look at your vacation in terms of how it will go with crutches.  The good news is that while it will take some thought and planning, you can still enjoy your vacation, even with an injury. 

Here are a few tips for a variety of travel types.


-When Taking a Vacation by Car…

If you plan to do your traveling by car, you will be better off in many ways.  You can take breaks and get out and walk around and do things on your own timetable.  Make sure you have others drive so you can elevate your foot and stretch your muscles. 


-When Taking a Vacation by Plane…

Getting to your vacation area by plane will take less time, but it is a tricky type of travel because planes are not exactly roomy.  You will have to get yourself through the small aisles with your crutches and you will have to fit in the small seat.  You might not have anywhere to put your foot in an elevated position and it is harder to get up and move around.  If you have planes to take a flight, make sure you call ahead and see what accommodations the airline might have available for you.  You might, for example, get to switch to a different seat with more legroom or you could be allowed to board early so you don’t bother others with your crutches.


-When Taking a Vacation by Bus…

When you take a bus, you will have breaks to stop and stretch, but you will not have control over those breaks.  Get up and stretch when possible and be sure to ask the driver to help you with any bags you have.


-When Taking a Vacation by Train…

Most trains have handicap seating so you have extra legroom to allow you to stretch.  When taking a train, you want to make sure you arrive with plenty of time so you don’t have to rush.  This will make the situation less stressful for you as a whole.


Once you arrive at your destination, you will want to make sure you have arranged the right type of room for your stay.  Call your hotel ahead and ask that you be placed either on the ground floor or near the elevators so you do not have to walk any farther than necessary.


Even if you make all of these arrangements and look ahead, you still might not be excited about your vacation because of the way your crutches feel on your hands and armpits.  They might also limit your mobility as a whole.  That’s where the alternatives to crutches from Goodbye Crutches might come in handy.  There are three to consider:


-Hands Free Crutch

This device straps to your injured leg and allows you to walk much like normal.  You even have the use of your hands.


-Knee Walker

This option is easy to get on and off and rolls you from place to place faster than you can walk.


-Seated Scooter

And this item allows you to sit while you scoot around so you never waste any energy.


With a little extra effort and forethought, your vacation can still be fun…even with your injury.  Don't forget to post a picture of your travel this summer on our facebook page