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How to Walk Safely with Crutches


Updated January 30, 2005

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Using Crutches to Ambulate

There are six different way to use crutches to assist with ambulation, or walking. Each of these has advantages, disadvatages, and appropriate indications. Review the six patterns of crutch usage below to determine what the safest pattern is for you and your condition.
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