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Although we believe the foundation to a successful knee recovery is swelling control and early knee range of motion, having the ability to walk safely and correctly is important.
The strengthening, balance, flexibility, and core strengthening exercises that we provide in this program will certainly help with your ability to walk. However, there are specific gait, or walking, exercises that will help.
You may be encouraged by your healthcare provider to use an assistive device following a surgical procedure. The intention may be to reduce pressure on your surgical leg or to aid in balance to avoid falling. The three most common assistive devices used to help with walking are walkers, crutches and canes. Below are short videos that will instruct you on adjusting the assistive device appropriately for your height, as well as how to use the assistive device properly.
We also encourage the use of an assistive device to aid in your ability to walk without a limp. It is critical to attempt to walk without a limp. Walking with a limp is not beneficial. This can create bad habits and overtime can not only aggravate your affected knee, but also other joints in your body.
Watch the video below for three specific exercises designed to improve the quality of your walking.