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• Non-weight bearing means that you are not allowed to put any weight through your affected leg
• As you are unable to place your foot to the floor you will need to use a walking aid
• Keep your leg elevated when you are sitting down.
• Keep your toes and ankle moving if possible to keep the blood circulating around your leg
• Stairs advice includes steps and any movement to surfaces at different levels
• Try to get your whole foot onto the step
• When someone is helping you then make sure they are below you on the stairs
• 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.
With two rails:
• Use 2 rails / banisters.
• Have someone who can carry your crutches.
Going up stairs:
1. Stand at the bottom looking upwards
2. Move affected leg behind you so it doesn’t catch on step
3. Lean your weight through the crutches and / or rail
4. Move good leg up one step first
5. Move crutches to the same step and / or move hands up rail
6. This process is repeated until you reach the top
Going down stairs:
1. Stand at top of stairs looking down
2. Move affected leg out in front so it doesn’t catch on step
3. Move crutches down one step and / or move hands down rail
4. Lean your weight through the crutches and / or rail
5. Move good leg down to the same step
6. This process is repeated until you reach the bottom