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Orthopedics: How to fit and use crutches safely
Walking with Crutches
If you need crutches here are some tips to help you adjust your crutches to fit.Proper Measurement
To stand up: Hold both crutches by the hand grips in one hand and push up with the other hand on the chair. Put one crutch under each arm.
To sit down - reverse the process:
Place both crutches in one hand holding the hand grips together and reach for the chair with your other hand to lower yourself slowly.
Never lean on the tops of your crutches!
You can hurt a nerve causing numbness and tingling into your arm. Take the weight through your hands.
How much weight to take when walking:
Crutches first, sore leg next, then stronger leg.
Going up and down stairs:
Whenever possible, use a handrail. Place one crutch under one arm and use the handrail with the other arm for support.
Going up: step up with the stronger leg, then the sore leg, and lastly bring up the crutch.
Going down: lower crutch down to the step below, move your sore leg down and then bring your stronger leg down.
Make sure the crutch tip is completely on the stair!
If you don't have a handrail: Be Careful - you may lose your balance! Keep one crutch under each arm. Follow the same procedure as above. Have someone help you or avoid stairs until you're stronger.
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