Walking with Crutches

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Staff will measure your sticks/crutches to the correct height you need.

Care of sticks/crutches
• Check pins of metal crutches are through the holes correctly
• Ensure that the rubber ferrule (grip) is not worn.
• If any part of the walking aid appears bent or broken, return it to the Emergency Department to be given a replacement.
• Please return all walking aids to the Emergency Department when no longer required. We can re-issue them and save the NHS money.

If you have any questions or concerns about your walking aid please contact the Emergency Department.

Partial Weight Bearing
1. Stand before putting your hands into crutches.
2. Place your crutches forwards, step the injured leg forward taking some weight through your arms, but keeping the leg in contact with the ground.
3. Step through past the crutches with your good leg.

When standing still, ensure crutches are placed in front and approximately 10cm (4 inches) to the side of both legs to ensure a safe base.

Non-Weight Bearing
Advice for using crutches when you’ve been advised not to put weight on your injured leg.

1. Stand before putting your hands in the crutches.
2. Place the crutches forwards of the injured leg.
3. Take weight through your arms and hop the unaffected leg forwards.
4. Take smaller hops until you are more confident.
5. Always take your hands out of the crutches before sitting down.

Walking up and down stairs
Hold on to a handrail if at all possible. Hold the spare crutch together with the handle of the remaining crutch. Your crutch goes on the same step as the injured leg. The unaffected leg should lead when going upstairs and the injured leg leads when coming downstairs. Alternatively, it may be safer for you to go up and down the stairs on your bottom.

If you have any further queries, please contact:
• Emergency Department: 01908 995 913 ext. 2409 between 9am and 10 pm
• Hospital switchboard: 01908 660033 between 10pm and 9am
• Call NHS 111
• Your GP surgery