Crutches Discharge Advice

 

 You have been provided with a pair of crutches to assist your walking. Your doctor will tell you how much weight you are allowed to put through your injured leg.

Crutches should measure from your feet to approximately 3 finger width below each axilla (armpit). Weight is always taken on your hands not on your armpits.

STANDING TO WALKING

Your elbows should be slightly bent when holding the crutches.
Move the crutches forward together.
Take weight on hands, keep injured leg slightly bent then hop to meet the crutches.
Do this slowly and do not hurry.
Repeat manoeuvre.

SITTING TO STANDING

Keep good leg firmly on the ground close to the chair seat.
Keep injured leg slightly in front of your good leg.
Hold both crutches in one hand.
Use the other hand to grip the arm of the chair to help you push up.
Lean forward and stand up.
Before walking ensure you are well balanced.

STANDING TO SITTING

Ensure you can feel the seat on the back of your legs.
Hold both crutches in one hand.
Reach backwards with other hand and grip the arm of the chair.
Bend good leg and slowly sit down.

GOING UPSTAIRS

Stand close to the first step.
Hold both crutches in one hand.
Place good leg on the first step up.
Take weight on good leg and swing injured leg and crutches onto step.
Go slowly one step at a time.

GOING DOWNSTAIRS

Stand close to the first step.
Hold crutches in one hand.
Place crutches and injured leg on first step down.
Take weight through hands and ease good leg down.
Go slowly one step at a time.