It is important to start walking as soon as you can after your surgery. But you will need support for walking while your leg heals. Crutches may be a good choice after a leg injury or surgery if you only need a little help with balance and stability. Crutches are also useful when your leg is only a little weak or painful.
Talk to your health care provider. If you are having a lot of pain, weakness, or problems with balance. A walker may be a better option for you than crutches.
While you are moving around with crutches:
- Let your hands carry your weight, not your armpits.
- Look forward when you are walking, not down at your feet.
- Use a chair with armrests to make sitting and standing easier.
- Make sure your crutches have been adjusted to your height. The top should be 1 to 1 1/2 inches (2.5 to 4 centimeters) below your armpit. The handles should be at hip level.
- Your elbows should be slightly bent when you hold the handles.
- Keep the tips of your crutches about 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) away from your feet so that you do not trip.
Rest your crutches upside down when you are not using them so that they do not fall down.