A sprain or broken bone in your leg or foot requires the use of crutches, to reduce stress on the limb during the healing process. This requires adjustments to your daily routine, in order to successfully get around. Crutches allow you to use your uninjured leg by propping up your body from underneath your armpits, which creates a steady swinging motion to walk around.
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Place the flat, top end of the crutch at least 1 inch below each armpit while standing up. Adjust the hand grips of the crutches until it is level with your hip line for comfort during use.
Bend your elbows slightly while holding the hand grips, and hold the crutches tightly to the sides of your body. Move the crutches one foot in front of you, and move your injured leg forward. Shift your body's weight to the crutch rather than the injured leg to avoid putting pressure on the injury.
Swing your body forward, and step forward with your uninjured leg. Extend your crutches forward as soon as your uninjured leg touches the ground, to continue the movement.
Focus on where you want to go rather than your feet, as looking down can cause you to stumble.
Tips and warnings
- Remove wires, rugs and other items out of your path, to prevent accidental falls. Wipe up floor spills as soon as they occur, as the rubber bottom of the crutch can easily slip.
- Wear a bumbag to keep personal items within reach while moving around. A purse is not recommended for use while using crutches, as the purse applies too much pressure to one side of your body and can increase the risk of falling.
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