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Walking With One Crutch

General Directions for Walking with a Crutch

  1. Place the crutch under your arm. Squeeze it to the side of your body.
  2. Move the crutch 6 to 12 inches ahead. It should be slightly away from your body.
  3. Push down on the hand grip. Step past the crutch.
  4. Support your weight with your hand and not under your arm.
  5. Check your balance before you go on.

How to Walk with One Crutch

  1. Place the crutch under the arm opposite your weaker leg (see figure above).
  2. Move the crutch forward and step with your weaker leg at the same time. Keep the crutch close to your body for support and balance (see figure at right).
  3. Support your weight on both your crutch and your weaker leg. Step past the crutch with your stronger leg (see figure below).

Repeat with the same sequence:

  1. Step with crutch and weaker leg.
  2. Step with stronger leg.

Tips for Walking with a Crutch:

  • Carry items in a backpack.
  • Do not hang or lean on your crutch. Support all your weight on your hand, not under your arm
  • 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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