Learning how to use crutches

First, you need to break your leg. Breaking your arm hurts just as much, but it is not necessary to use crutches for a broken arm. Actually you don’t need to break your leg. A knee to the knee or a twist to the knee may require you to use crutches. A broken toe with or without a cast may require crutches. A sprained ankle or worse yet, a broken ankle definitely requires a cast and/or crutches.
It makes my hip hurt (real bad) just having said that.
First off, try on crutches for size. That is to say, put crutches under your arm pit. They should be straight up and down with no pinching of your arm pit. Your feet should be flat on the ground. No tippy-toe.
Now with the crutches snugly under you arm (not pinching and straight up and down.) take the weight off of your feet. (gently). If you desire, do it one foot a time Then both feet for a second or two. Now you’re ready. Standing on one foot, (preferably your good one) swing the crutches (both of them) about two inches straight in front of you. Transfer your weight off of your foot and back on to your crutches. Your foot (the good one as well as your bad one) should take a step of a couple of inches, and the crutches should be straight up and down again. Repeat repeatedly taking longer and longer steps. (Not too long though. Six inches is about maximum.) With practice, speed can be built up to 40 paces an hour!

by Lee

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