An injury or any form of surgery performed in your foot, leg or ankle can make it difficult for you to get around without any assistance from others. It usually takes weeks for physical healing to occur. It limits your mobility especially when it comes to walking and climbing stairs.
Your doctor may recommend the use of a walking aid like crutches and canes while you are at your healing and recovery period. It can help you get around without putting any weight in your injured foot, assist with balance, and enable you to perform your daily activities more safely.
While some people may be comfortable using a cane, others have shown great results with learning how to properly use crutches.
Here are a few tips you can follow to avoid unnecessary injuries while using crutches:
The guidelines in using a crutch depend on your ability to bear weight in your injured leg. Your doctor will identify your weight-bearing capability after performing the procedure. Take note that doctors will not recommend the use of crutches if both legs are injured. You need to be able to put weight on at least one of your legs.
Non-weight bearing means that you’re unable to put weight on the injured leg. If your foot and ankle surgeon advised you to avoid putting weight on your injured leg, you will need sufficient upper-body strength to support all your weight with just your arms and shoulders.
To do this, you need to do the following steps:
Depending on the injury or surgery, you may be able to put some weight on your injured leg. Compared to those non-weight bearing cases, using crutches can be easier for you.
For weight-bearing injuries, you need to follow these steps:
Before sitting, you need to make sure that the chair you’ll use must have arms and back support. It needs to be stable and will not roll or slide to make sure that your safety will not be compromised.
To get into and out of a chair safely, you need to follow these steps:
Going up and down is a challenge for people with foot and ankle injury especially those who are using crutches to aid this problem. However, learning the proper technique can help you get up and down safely.
Do these steps based on the following situations:
Take note that using crutches to go up and down the stairs requires strength and balance. If you don’t feel comfortable enough, you can sit on the lower or top step and then scoot up or down the stairwell. Remember to keep your injured leg extended while doing the process.