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How to Walk Safely with Crutches

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Updated January 30, 2005

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Three-Point Crutch Gait

Indication:
Inability to bear weight on one leg. (fractures, pain, amputations)

Pattern Sequence:
First move both crutches and the weaker lower limb forward. Then bear all your weight down through the cruthes, and move the stronger or unaffected lower limb forward. Repeat.

Advantages:
Eliminates all weight bearing on the affected leg.

Disadvantages:
Good balance is required.

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