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How to Walk Safely with Crutches

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Updated January 30, 2005

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Four-Point Crutch Gait

Indication:
Weakness in both legs or poor coordination.

Pattern Sequence:
Left crutch, right foot, right crutch, left foot. Then repeat.

Advantages:
Provides excellent stabilty as there are always three points in contact with the ground

Disadvantages:
Slow walking speed

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