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Walking partial weight bearing with crutches or frame

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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.

Standing up with crutches:
1. Hold the crutches with the handles together in an ‘H’ shape.
2. Place one hand on the arm of the chair and the other on the handle of the crutches
3. Put your affected leg out in front of you
4. Push up from the chair putting most of your weight through your good leg
5. 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:
1. When sitting down, make sure that you feel for the chair on the back of both of your legs
2. Place your affected leg out in front of you
3. Take hands out of the crutches and hold handles in ‘H’ shape in one hand (as for 1). Place one hand on the arm of the chair
4. Now sit down.

Walking with crutches:
1. Place the crutches apart in front of you
2. Move affected leg in line with the rubber bits (ferrules) on the end of the crutches putting your heel down first.
3. Put lots of weight through the crutches and step your good leg past your affected leg
4. Move elbow crutches forward as for 1
5. You must keep a triangle between your good foot and the ferrules. This is the most stable position.

Standing up with a frame:
1. Place your affected leg out in front of you
2. Push up using your hands on the arms of your chair to stand putting most of your weight through your good leg
3. Once you have your balance let go of the chair to hold your frame.

Sitting down with a frame:
1. Before sitting down make sure that you can feel the chair on the back of your legs
2. Let go of the frame one hand at a time to hold onto the arms of the chair
3. Lower yourself into the chair.

Mobilising with a frame:
1. Push the frame forwards
2. Step forwards with your affected leg
3. Push the frame forwards again making sure there is always a gap between the frame and your abdomen
4. Put lots of weight through the frame and step your good leg past your affected leg
5. Push the frame forwards again as in stage 1 and continue.