I haven Osteoarthritis in left foot/ankle, both knees, and left hip. I am booked to have my hip replaced next month. However, I can ONLY climb stairs leading with my Left leg, as my R knee won't bear weight when bent, and only go down leading with my Right, for the same reason. In addition, my right foot boosts me upwards, when climbing stairs.
Apparently, this is the opposite method of climbing stairs decreed by the Physios when on the stairs. They want me to lead UP with my R leg, and DOWN with my L, but try as I might the only way I can get UP that way is by taking the whole of my weight through my crutches, somewhat difficult, and impossible for more than a couple of steps, and going DOWN by dangling my L leg in mid air, reaching for the step below, then hopping off the step above, and hoping that I land safely on the step below! I can only do that from the step above a landing, as I afraid of overshooting!
Has anyone had a similar set of problems when having their hip done? I have been told that this may lead to my being kept in Hospital until I CAN climb in the approved manner, or made to move into a nursing home. As I am only 56, neither appeals, but will I be unable to climb steps in future? Should I try to sell up, and buy a Bungalow? What has been the attitude of the physios? I have been told that I am just being difficult, and asked if I don't want the surgery! I should say that I am Obese (BMI>40).