Crutches: How to use

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Crutches are used to take the weight off of an injured leg. Find instructions for how to use crutches, including how to go up and down the stairs.

Key points

  • Let your child know that they should take their time to make sure that their crutches are placed properly while they are moving; rushing can make it easier to slip and fall.
  • Ensure that your child is wearing proper footwear.
  • Ensure that your child is only putting the recommended amount of weight through the affected leg as per the doctor’s orders.
  • Ensure that your child is resting their weight in their hands, and not in their underarms.
Last updated: June 12th 2015