How to Walk with Crutches (Sizing, Training, Use, and Stairs)

by birtanpublished on September 9, 2020

to properly fit your crutches first place one crutch under your arm you should have about two to three fingers width between the top of the crutch and the armpit in this case the crutch is too high

Make the adjustment by pressing the button and moving the central struts in or out here there are two to three fingers width between the top of the crutch and your armpit never lean on the crutches through your armpits next

Adjusting hand grip up or down by removing the wing washer and screw and reposition once you grasp the hand grip you should have about a fifty to twenty degree bend in your elbow the grip is in the correct place when it is level with

Your wrist with the arm fully extended for a non weight-bearing walking pattern place both crutches slightly out front a little wider than your shoulders then swing your body through and land on your uninvolved foot your body way should go

Through your hands not your armpits for a partial weight bearing locking pattern keep both crutches in sequence with the injured lower extremity the percentage of weight through your involved side will be determined by the amount you

Distribute through the crutches the optimal way to use one crutch is to place it in the opposite hand of the weak or involved side in this case his lower left extremity is involved the crutch and the involved side work

Together in going up the steps one step at a time step up with the uninvolved side first followed by the involved side and crutch together always remember to hold the rail a non-weight-bearing pattern on steps

Without a rail is the most difficult so be careful if there is a rail it is best to hold the rail in place both crutches on the uninvolved side while holding the crutches in rail lead with the

Uninvolved side followed by the crutches here is another way to hold both crutches on the same side you want to make sure the free crutch is balanced if it falls forward or backward than it is unbalanced and not correct when coming

Down the steps step down with the involved side and crutches first then followed by the uninvolved side you may or may not be able to wait bear on your involved side remember to always

Hold the rail again be very careful if using two crutches and no rail you

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