For a knee that's painful but can still withstand a little weight, a walking splint is your ticket for limping back to the trailhead. The wounded joint should be slightly flexed and securely wrapped so it doesn't move. Here's how:
- Place a soft but firm object such as a rolled-up T-shirt behind the knee to keep the joint slightly flexed.
- Roll a folded sleeping pad almost all the way around the leg, making sure the kneecap is exposed.
- Tie securely in place, again making make sure the kneecap is free of any pressure.
- Use a stick or trekking pole for stability when walking.
HINT: If you have an inflatable sleeping pad, deflate it, wrap it around the leg, tie it in place, then inflate for better support. A Crazy Creek Chair also makes a great walking splint.