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Stairs partial weight bearing

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General Advice:

• Partial weight bearing means that you are only allowed to put some of your weight through your affected leg. You will therefore need a walking aid in order to achieve this
• Keep your leg elevated when you are sitting down
• Keep your toes and ankle moving to keep the blood circulating around your leg
• Stairs includes steps and any movement to surfaces at different levels
• Try to get your foot completely onto the step
• When possible use rails / banisters for support
• Do 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 facing upwards
2. Hold onto rail and / or crutches
3. Put most of your weight through your crutches and / or rail and move your good leg up one step first
4. Move affected leg up to the same step
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 the top of the stairs facing down
2. Hold onto rail and / or crutches
3. Move crutches down one step and / or move hands down the rail
4. Put most of your weight through your crutches and / or rail and move affected leg down to the same step
5. Move good leg down to the same step
6. This process is repeated until you reach the bottom