Osteoarthritis and walking stick vs crutches
I've recently been told that I most probably have osteoarthritis in an ankle, knee on the opposite side, wrists and a couple of finger joints. The pain I am feeling is being made worse by probable fibromyalgia.
For the last few months I have been using a walking stick as my ankle deteriorated and the pain increased I felt unstable and it was making my knee worse on the opposite leg as I was walking strangely on my ankle. GP and physio agreed that it may help to use a walking stick on worse days but no further help or advice was given. All my physio has been remote because of covid but I have seen my GP face to face.
So now I have an issue that my knee keeps painfully giving way when I'm walking but if I use my walking stick for that side then my ankle is very painful on the other side.
I am considering crutches but I've never used them long term.
Has anyone experienced this, joint issues on both sides and needing support with both?
Feeling very left to it at the moment, I know the covid situation isn't helping but the NHS help is minimal at best. (I do know they are doing their best in a difficult situation though)