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How to Walk Safely with Crutches

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Updated January 30, 2005

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Swing-Through Crutch Gait

Indications:
Inability to fully bear weight on both legs. (fractures, pain, amputations)

Pattern Sequence:
Advance both crutches forward then, while bearing all weight down through both crutches, swing both legs forward at the same time past the crutches.

Advantage:
Fastest gait pattern of all six.

Disadvantage:
Energy consuming and requires good upper extremity strength.

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