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• Stairs advice includes steps and any movement to surfaces at different levels
• Only do the stairs when it is essential, try to make a limited number of trips during the day
• Try to get your whole foot onto the step
• When someone is helping you make sure they are on the step below you
• When possible use rails and banisters rather than crutches for support
• When using crutches make sure the rubber bottom is properly onto the step and not at the edge as it may slip off
• Always do stairs one step at a time
Using Crutches on stairs:
With no rail
• Use 2 elbow crutches
• Hold them as you would for walking.
With one rail
• Use one elbow crutch and one rail / banister.
• Then hold both crutches in one hand in a ‘T’ shape as shown below.
With two rails
• Use 2 rails / banisters.
• Have someone who can carry your crutches.
Going up stairs
• Stand at the bottom facing upwards
• Move good leg up one step first
• Move affected leg up to the same step
• Move crutches up to the same step and / or move hands up rail
• This process is repeated until you reach the top
Going Down Stairs
• Stand at the top of the stairs facing down
• Move crutches down one step and / or move hands down rail
• Move affected leg down to the same step
• Move good leg down to the same step
• This process is repeated until you reach the bottom