Hints For Crutches Handout

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Hints for Crutches
Walking on Crutches
Do not lean forward on the crutches.
Set the crutches at arm's length.
Keeping all the weight on your hands and not your underarms will help with discomfort.
If you can put weight on your injured leg, move it almost evenly with the crutches.
Push straight down on the crutches and step past them as if to walk normally.
Going Up and Down a Curb using Crutches
Stand near the edge of the curb until you catch your balance.
If you are going up, step up with your stronger leg first, followed by the crutches, and then the injured foot.
If you are going down, move the crutches down first, step with the injured leg, followed by the stronger leg.
Catch your balance again before walking.
Using Crutches on Stairs
Hold onto the banister for support if present.
Put both crutches together and use them with the hand that is not holding on to the banister.
If a banister is not present, use as if going up or down a curb.
Do not look down at your feet, but instead look straight ahead.
Be cautious of any objects that can cause you to trip, slip, or fall.
Be sure the crutches are in good condition (for example, worn rubber tips can cause slipping).
In relation to the above tip, be aware of and try to avoid slick conditions.
Never use your crutches as support to sit or stand.
The crutches will not be as stable as if you were to use hand support
(if you want to sit, place a hand on the chair as support as you lower yourself).
Do not be afraid to ask for help or assistance.
Crutch Stance: Tripod Position
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