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Walking with one crutch
Use the crutch in the hand opposite the injured limb. Place the crutch and injured leg forward Support your body weight through the arm and bring the uninjured leg forward, stepping right through, past the injured leg. Continue walking keeping the crutch in line with the injured leg.
Walking with two crutches
Bend your knee so that the foot is off the floor and is bent up behind you. Place the
crutches forward and step through with the uninjured leg.
Partial weight bearing:
Place both crutches forward. Put the injured leg in line and between the crutches. While putting some weight on the crutches, through your hands, step right through with the good leg. Continue walking with the crutches supporting the injured leg.
Going up steps / stairs
Hold the bannister / handrail on one side, use one crutch on the opposite side. (If you have been using two crutches to walk, carry the other crutch in the fingers of the hand using the crutch). Holding the hand rail, keep the crutch on the same step as you are. Push through the crutch and step up with your good leg. If you are non-weight bearing, remember to keep your injured leg off the floor. Finish by bringing your crutch up to the same step.
Hold the bannister / handrail on one side, use one crutch on the opposite side.
Non weight bearing:
Put your leg out in front of you, with no weight through it, whilst you put the crutch down on the next step down. Lean your weight through the crutch and handrail whilst you step down with the uninjured leg.
Full weight bearing:
Put your crutch and injured limb on the step below you. Take some weight through your arm / crutch and step down with your good leg.
• For general medical advice please use the NHS website, the NHS 111 service, walk-in-centres, or your GP.
• NHS website provides online health information and guidance.
• There are walk-in and urgent treatment services at Brighton Station, Crawley Urgent Treatment Centre, Lewes Victoria Hospital, Horsham Minor Injuries Unit and Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital.
The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way
intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.