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Walking and stairs heel weight bearing with crutches

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General Advice with Walking:
• Heel-weight bearing means that you are only allowed to put weight through the heel of your foot.
• Keep your leg elevated when you are sitting down
• Keep your toes and ankle moving to keep the blood circulating around your leg

Standing up with crutches:
• Hold the crutches with the handles together in an ‘H’ shape.
• Place one hand on the arm of the chair and the other on the handles of the crutches.
• Stand up using your good leg and the heel of your affecting leg.
• Place one hand in the crutches and hold the two handles. Place the other hand in the crutches and split the crutches apart.

Sitting down with crutches:
• Before sitting down make sure that you feel for the chair on the back of your legs.
• Take hands out of the crutches and hold handles in ‘H’ shape in one hand.

Place one hand on the arm of the chair.
• Now sit down.

Walking pattern with crutches:
• Place the crutches apart in front of you.
• Move the affected leg forward and place in line with the crutches putting the heel down only.
• Put your weight onto the affected leg.
• Step your good leg past the crutches.
• Repeat the process from stage 1.

General Advice with Stairs:
• Stairs includes steps and any movement to surfaces at different levels
• Try to get your heel right 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:
• Stand at the bottom facing upwards
• Hold onto rail and / or crutches
• Move good leg up one step first
• Move affected leg up to the same step putting only your heel onto the step
• Move crutches 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
• Hold onto rail and / or crutches
• Move crutches down one step and / or move hands down the rail
• Move affected leg down to the same step putting only your heel onto the step
• Move good leg down to the same step
• This process is repeated until you reach the bottom