How to Walk With Elbow Crutches

Written by fiona miller
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Elbow crutches are sometimes given after an injury, surgery or illness that affects one or both legs. When given elbow crutches for the first time, ideally you will be given a lesson by your doctor or physiotherapist. It may take some time to walk with precision; but after a bit of practice, you should be able to do so.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


  1. 1

    Take both of your crutches and reach them forward, slightly to the side and plant them down several inches in front of you.

  2. 2

    Place your injured leg in line with the crutches.

  3. 3

    Put your weight onto the handles of the crutches and move forward, keeping most of your weight on your hands and good leg. Repeat.

Tips and warnings

  • Discuss using your crutches with your doctor. He may have a specific pattern he will ask you to walk in order to avoid further injury. Do not place all of your weight on the crutches. Instead, use them as an aid.
  • Avoid wet floors, ice and leaves.
  • Make sure your forearm cuffs do not wobble.
  • Wear flat shoes when walking on your crutches.
  • Ensure that hand grips are not slippery or splintered.

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