After my most recent operation on my leg (bone graft job), I was told when going up or down stairs to always lead with 'good leg to heaven, bad leg to hell'. In other words when going upstairs, lead with the leg that hadn't just been operated on. When going down, lead with the operated leg. My problem is now at the stage where due to arthritis I have pain in both legs, so both legs are 'bad'. How can I do 'good leg to heaven, bad leg to hell' when they are both being 'bad'? Also as I have pain in my arms too this makes 'jumping' while holding bannisters impossible too. Any advice etc would be greatly appreciated.Answer Question
Answer by asil at 6:51 PM on Nov. 3, 2010
I haven't had your type of surgery, but I have had 10 surgeries on my knee, & surrounding muscles, ligaments, etc, of my right leg. My knee doesn't bend normally. And, like you, arthritis has now set in my "good" leg, and arms, hands, you know... I use a cane all the time now, and I avoid stairs. But, when I can't , I take one step at a time. Use the best leg first, and drag the bad one up. Going down, do the same thing. Put the good one down and drag the bad next. You really have to figure out the best thing for you. Doctors can only tell you what they assume will work. I hope this made some sense. If not, I'm sorry. Feel better!
Answer by earlgrey at 8:30 PM on Nov. 3, 2010
Answer by mainemusicmaker at 5:38 AM on Nov. 4, 2010