This paper investigates the mechanical behavior and design of a patent pending device called a load range weight bearing indicator (LWBI), which provides upper and lower range indication to patients with lower extremity injuries as part of a partial weight bearing rehabilitation. The LWBI consists of two opposing stacks (a.k.a. double stack) of snap domes—bistable mechanical elements that snap through only when a threshold weight is applied—sandwiched between a load transfer plate and base plate. The mechanical behavior of a LWBI has been characterized by testing single and double stacks of snap domes in a rigid aluminum fixture using a universal testing machine. Single stacks of two to eight snap domes each exhibited very predictable and repeatable buckling behavior (i.e., stack buckling load is simply the sum of individual snap dome buckling loads) when deflected at speeds typical for patients walking with a regular gait. The double stack configuration only works when supporting legs of the opposing snap dome stacks are offset by half the angle between adjacent legs. The lower load stack buckles first, while the higher load stack buckles at its threshold load because of the very low force required to keep the lower load stack collapsed. While the presence of a spacer has little effect on the double stack buckling behavior under controlled rate deflection in a precision test fixture, it was required for proper functioning of a LWBI prototype probably because of looser dimensional tolerances. The type of substrate that snap dome stacks are in contact with has little effect on the buckling loads as long as the material is not too soft. Finally, the speed of deflection within the expected range of ambulating patients has an insignificant effect on the LWBI’s buckling behavior. A LWBI prototype was designed based on the observed characteristics of the snap dome double stack with a spacer plate between the upper and lower load stacks. The prototype was installed in a recess in the insole of a biomechanical shoe beneath the patient’s heel. The shoe with LWBI was tested by various subjects pushing on a force plate and the upper and lower buckling loads were clearly indicated to the subject by audible and tactile click and measured as ground reaction force versus time. Future work will focus on further testing of the device and refinement of the design for various medical appliances.