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May 16, 2014

Crutches

How to adjust and use crutches when you can't support your body weight on your injured leg?

Crutches make it possible for you to get around when one of your legs can’t support your body weight. - Online on April 21 2013

 

Video's transcript:

The Services Unisanté videos offer you valuable advice to ensure your comfort and well-being if you need to use a cane, crutches, a walker or a wheelchair. 

If you’re looking to purchase an orthopedic device or if you want personalized advice, don’t hesitate to consult your family pharmacist.

Crutches make it possible for you to get around when one of your legs can’t support your body weight. 

Here’s how to adjust crutches. 

Place the crutches beside your feet, about 6 inches or 15 centimeters away from each foot. Then adjust the height so there’s a space of about 2 fingers between the top of each crutch and your underarms. 

The hand rest should be level with the crease in your wrist. 

Now, here’s how to use crutches when you can’t support your body weight on your injured leg.

Place the crutches about 1 step in front of you.

Lean on the hand rests and hold the tops of the crutches tight against your body.

Take a step forward with the healthy leg without letting the injured leg touch the ground.

With your body weight on the healthy leg, swing your crutches until they’re about 1 step in front of you.