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How to Use Crutches Suddenly being off your feet due to an injury or surgery on a leg or foot can be devastating and no fun It is difficult because you naturally want to get back to your normal activities as soon as possible But instead you need to take some precautions while you heal When you are unable to walk on a leg or a foot you need to learn a new way to get around Your doctor or physical therapist will teach you a non-weight-bearing walk on the crutches so your injury can heal properly First move your crutches forward keeping your injured foot off the floor Squeeze your crutches against your rib cage and support all your weight on your hands not on your underarms Then straighten your elbows and lift your good leg while you swing your body through the crutches Land on the heel of your good foot about a foot in front of your crutches Another frustrating obstacle is stairs Its a good idea to avoid them whenever possible but if that is impossible then you need to know the proper way to go up and down stairs safely To go up stairs hold the handrail with one hand Support yourself between the handrail and your crutches Step up with your good leg Then bring your injured leg and your crutches up To go down stairs hold the handrail with one hand With your weight on your good leg step down with your injured leg and your crutches Support your weight between the handrail and your crutches and slowly bring your good leg down Always remember up with the good down with the bad or else you may experience another mishap Sitting down is another obstacle but not as difficult First back up until you feel the chair against the back of your legs With your weight on your good leg extend your injured leg in front of
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