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Walking With Crutches: 3-Point Sequence

Weight-bearing status:__________________________________________________

General directions for walking with crutches

  1. Place the crutches under your arms. Squeeze them to the sides of your body.
  2. Move the crutches 6 to 12 inches ahead. They should be slightly away from your body.
  3. Push down on the hand grips. Step past the crutches.
  4. Support your weight with your hands and not under your arms.
  5. Check your balance before you go on.

3-point sequence


1. Stand in the middle of your crutches. 2. Place crutches in front of you. They should be a comfortable arm’s length away.
3. Push down on the hand grips. Step forward to the crutches with your weaker leg. 4. Step past the crutches with your stronger leg.


Repeat the same sequence:

  1. Place crutches forward.
  2. Step with weaker leg.
  3. Step with stronger leg.

Tips for walking with crutches

  • Carry items in a backpack.
  • Do not hang or lean on your crutches. Support all your weight on your hands, not under your arms
  • Maintain good posture when walking.
  • Wear shoes that fit well, support your feet, and are comfortable.
  • Be careful when walking on uneven or wet surfaces.
  • Walk at a safe, comfortable pace.

Your therapist may show you different ways to move safely, depending on your situation or environment.

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