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2997 How to walk with crutches

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You have been given crutches because of an injury or operation, to your leg, knee, ankle, or foot. This short video will show you how to walk with crutches. Separate videos will show you how to stand and sit, and climb stairs. The healthcare professional looking after you will ensure that your crutches are at the correct height for you, and they will tell you whether you are allowed to support your body weight on your injured leg or not. It is important to know this because it changes how you use your crutches. If they tell you not to support your body weight with your injured leg, this is called non-weight-bearing. If you are allowed to support your body weight on your injured leg, this is called weight bearing. Weight bearing can be full or partial. Full weight bearing means you can rest all of your weight on the foot of your injured leg. Partial weight bearing can be anything from 10% of your body weight, upwards. For example, this patient weighs 12 stone. He has been told he can put 50%, or 6 stone, of his body weight through his injured leg. So that he can get a sense of what this feels like, he rests the foot of his injured leg on a pair of scales. Then he presses down and watches the reading go up until the 6 stone mark is reached. At this point he is bearing 50% of his body weight on his injured leg. You should do this at home and keep practicing it until you are confident that you know what your weight bearing target feels like. Once you know, this will help you to support the right amount of weight on your injured leg. We will begin by showing you how to walk if you are not allowed to bear any weight on your injured leg. Hold one crutch in each hand. Put both crutches forward, shoulder width apart. Make sure both crutches are at an equal, and comfortable distance in front of you, and keep your injured leg off the floor. Take your weight through your arms, and swing your good leg one step forwards, so that it lands just in front of, or level with your crutches. Keep repeating this to move forward. However, make sure that you don’t put the crutches too close to you… too far in front of you… or have them too close together. We will now show you how to walk with crutches when you are allowed to fully, or partially, bear your weight on your injured leg. Once again, hold one crutch in each hand. Put both crutches forward, shoulder width apart. Make sure both crutches are at an equal, and comfortable distance in front of you. Step forward with your injured leg so that your foot falls level with the crutches. Take your weight through your arms and step forward with your good leg. Keep repeating this to move forward. If you are partially weight bearing, remember to only put as much weight through your foot as you practiced on the scales. Again, make sure that you don’t put the crutches too close to you… too far in front of you… or have them too close together. If you have any further questions, please contact the medical team caring for you.

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Posted by: richardwh on Jan 27, 2016

2997 How to walk with crutches

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