Good news for Star Wars fans: Harrison Ford was seen coming out of Starbucks not far from Santa Monica, California, after suffering from a serious lower extremity injury that happened in early June while filming “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Ford plays the iconic role of Han Solo.
Ford was injured on set in England when a hydraulic door of the Millennium Falcon, Solo’s spaceship, collapsed and crushed a part of his leg. This was the same ship that made him a household name when the original “Star Wars” was released in 1977. It’s also the same spaceship that Luke Skywalker said was a piece of junk! Although the Falcon survived several heroic battles, it certainly didn’t hold up too well on the movie set when Ford got hurt.
The 72-year old actor was airlifted to a London hospital for treatment. According to multiple reports, Ford had a serious injury to his lower left leg and fractured his ankle. Initially, Disney suspended the schedule for a couple of weeks, but reaffirmed that the movie would be released as scheduled in December 2015.
Of course, the media has taken full advantage of Ford’s injury. After watching several videos of the actor, you have to feel sorry for him because it’s difficult for him to dodge the reporters and photographers. Immediately after the injury, Ford was seen tooling around in a solo wheel chair.
When Ford ditched his wheel chair for an iWALK crutch, the Daily Mail confirmed that he was mobile while his injury healed. The iWALK crutch is quite a departure from the conventional crutches and mobility devices that are used. Its appearance is somewhat radical because the mechanism has a supportive knee platform (which is perpendicular to the ground). The bearing weight is transferred into the crutch that extends downward to a pad (footing) that touches the ground surface. Some describe it as futuristic-looking and robotic.
Ford definitely wasn’t willing to let the injury keep him down because he was seen all over London in the new device, at the airport, even going up and down stairs. The iWALK crutch allowed Ford to use his hands while the non-injured part of his leg supported his weight.
The iWALK crutch eliminates the need to put any pressure on your shoulders, arm pits, arms, hands and wrists. The major advantage is that the injured lower extremity is isolated to facilitate healing; however, body load is equally transferred to the ground surface.
Because the device allows a person to remain fairly mobile, recovery is enhanced. Muscles are not subject to atrophy and structural problems are less likely to result from poor body mechanics. Consequently, this device has a positive impact on recovery and total body wellness.
We certainly hope Ford has a speedy recovery, but the expected recovery time for a crush fracture like Ford’s is at least two months. Recovery from a surgical repair may take longer. Also, older adults do not heal as quickly as children.
Ford has worked with a team of physicians and surgeons to maintain his active lifestyle. I am sure he will do whatever it takes to return to the set quickly. Trying to get back up from a serious ankle fracture too quickly can compound problems and lengthen recovery. In some cases, it can lead to severe arthritis and restrict your quality of life.
If you fracture your toe, foot or ankle and want to restore your active lifestyle, schedule an appointment with Dr. John Sigle before you do something that might jeopardize your long-term health. If you are interested in additional information regarding the iWALK crutch, visit myfootandankecenter.com.
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