How to Use Crutches on Stairs

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Having crutches is quite an inconvenience, but learning how to walk with them can be challenging. If you are frequently navigating stairs in your daily routine, you may be unsure of how to conquer this task while you're on crutches.

Going Up Stairs

Place one crutch under your arm. Use the other arm to grab the handrail (if there is one).

Move your stronger leg to the stair.

Move your injured leg next.

Move the crutch up the step.

Going Down Stairs

Move the crutch down to the step below you.

Move your injured leg down to the stair.

Move the stronger leg down to the stair.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you are learning to use crutches on stairs, have someone else there with you if possible.
  • It is important to note that the crutch tip is completely on the stair. This is going to steady you. If you do not have a handrail available to you, exercise extreme caution when going up or down stairs, as this may cause you to lose balance.

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