Physical therapy is an important part of recovery to minimize (decrease) complications associated with joint stiffness. After discharge from the hospital, focus on walking each day. Your child may require sessions with your therapist one to two times per week, especially during the lengthening period when the bone and muscles stretch. The therapist will instruct your child how to perform daily exercises to increase strength and improve joint range of motion. The nail is NOT stable enough to support the bone for full weight bearing.
You must use crutches or a walker at all times when walking until the bone is healed. This may be several months. Follow the instructions of your doctor and therapist to avoid potential problems of the nail or bone breaking.