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A Guide to Using Crutches
Crutches, like a new pair of shoes, must fit properly in order to be used correctly. To help avoid soreness in certain areas, you should remember these suggestions.
Be sure to see Dr. Feld for follow up care. Take all your medicines and follow all other instructions provided. If any questions present, do not hesitate to contact the office at 757 228-1955.
When standing straight, there should be a little space (about 1½ inches) between the top of the crutch and your underarms.
Keep your elbows slightly bent to prevent strain on the elbow joint.
Hug the top of the crutches lightly against your rib cage with your upper arms. This helps to prevent too much rubbing and slippage.
Always wear a non-skid type of shoe with the flattest sole possible. Tennis shoes are excellent.
If Dr. Feld instructed you to put a little weight on the injured foot, then it should be carried slightly in front of you to help keep your balance.
If Dr. Feld allows you to put a little weight on the injured foot, you should move your injured leg and the crutches at the same time, placing a tolerable amount of weight on your injured foot.
When walking with your crutches, they should be placed on the floor slightly wider than your shoulders to allow a clear walking space. Place your weight on your hand grips not on your underarms.
When going upstairs, place your weight on the top of the crutches under your arms. First, step up with your good leg and shift your weight on that leg, then bring your injured leg and crutches up to the step. Rest, and repeat the process for the next step.
When coming downstairs, place the crutches and your injured leg down to the next step first, placing the weight on the crutches then step down with your good leg. Rest, and repeat the process for the next step.
Always look ahead of you, not down at your feet. Be careful of wet floors, scatter rugs, waxed floors, and items in your walking path. If you loose your balance, push the crutches aside.
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