So, you've decided to take the step towards a painless life and undergo a full knee replacement surgery. As someone whose partner had the surgery before, I can tell you that you're making an excellent decision. After it's all said and done, you'll be wondering why you didn't do it sooner in the first place. However, there's more to the recovery from a knee replacement surgery than just rest.
Knee replacements are usually required when the knee joint has become severely degraded. Essentially, there's a cushion between the bones of your knee (see here for more info), and once that cushion is eaten away over time - either through injury, arthritis, or something else - you start to feel the pain of bone basically rubbing on bone. That's a lot of pain. The surgery's goal is to replace that deteriorated joint with a fabricated joint piece.
As you might imagine, there's a bit of recovery time after the surgery has been performed. While knee surgery has vastly improved over the years, you'll still need to take some time off to recover at home. Physical therapy is required, too. You'll also want to consider an often looked-over concept: What Shoes to wear.
One of the key problems you may face after a surgery is tenderness in your leg. Walking is a recommended exercise to keep your new knee from locking up and remaining flexible. However, if you wear the wrong pair of shoes, you might end causing yourself more pain than necessary. You might even injure your knee again (see my article about good shoes for bad knees).
Some of the key features you should look for in your shoes after a TKR are those that have excellent traction. Post op, especially, can be a dangerous time if you slip and fall.
You'll also want to consider shoes that are easier to put on your foot that doesn't require a lot of bending. Slip-ons can serve you well here, and you should probably pass over shoes with laces or v-straps.
In addition, because swelling sometimes occurs during recovery time, you may want to select a shoe that is wide enough to provide comfort during any swelling periods you might have.
What follows are a few selections of the best footwear after knee replacement that may be perfect for you. Each section will discuss the highlights of each shoe and why it might be a viable option for you.
One of the best things about these shoes is that they're incredibly easy to put on. Simply slip them on with an easy heel to pull it up your foot. They're wide and provide a broken-in feeling, so you don't feel as though your foot is cramped. This is particularly important if your legs and feet are swollen.
The insole is made of EVA which soaks up impact, making sure your knee takes less damage when walking. The sole itself is made of a tough grip to ensure that you don't slip. The inside of the shoe also has a nylon lining which helps reduce moisture. This keeps your feet cool and comfortable.
Finally, the maintenance of this shoe is incredibly easy. If you want to clean them, all you need to do is toss them in cool water, and then let them air-dry. That's it!
Similar to the Propet, this shoe can be easily slipped on via the long heel for ease of use. For those with bad knees or recovering from a knee replacement surgery, this shoe is perfect in that it is made of incredibly lightweight materials. This means that there's less weight tugging down on your foot and knee when you walk. It may seem minuscule, but after the surgery, you'll find that every bit of added weight can be a problem as you adjust to your new knee.
One thing to keep in mind is that these shoes are reported to wear down quickly, particularly in the sole area.
For those looking for something more stylish and sporty, Brooks is an excellent example of that shoe. Although they are lace shoes, and thus should only maybe be used after you're out of recovery time, they do provide excellent support for your feet and knees. The shoe provides maximum cushioning and is made of materials that keep your feet safe from the outside environment. The sole has a ton of grip and high-quality durability.
Brooks is perfect for those looking to get back to their healthy lifestyle.
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