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How to Walk Safely with Crutches


Updated January 30, 2005

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Swing-Through Crutch Gait

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.

Fastest gait pattern of all six.

Energy consuming and requires good upper extremity strength.

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