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HealthInfo West Coast-Te Tai Poutini

Using crutches

Make sure your crutches are the right height – your elbows should be slightly bent when the crutches are by your side.

When walking, put your crutches forward first, then your injured leg and then your uninjured leg.


When going up stairs, put your uninjured leg on the step and then follow with the crutches and your injured leg.

When coming down the stairs, put your crutches and your injured leg down on the step first, then follow with your uninjured leg.


Before sitting down

Feel for the back of your chair on the backs of your legs.

Take the crutches out from under your arms, using the hand pieces of the crutches to steady yourself with one hand.

Reach back to the chair with your other hand.

Place your injured leg forward to prevent putting weight on it.

To stand up

Place both crutches in one hand slightly forward of yourself.

Push down on the chair with your other hand.

Once you are standing, place both your hands in the crutches.

Returning crutches

Please return the crutches to where you got them from. If you paid a bond, this will be refunded.

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Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Last reviewed February 2017.


Page reference: 232332

Review key: HILWI-174362