Walking with crutches, how to do it?

15 December 2020

Crutches, some of us walk with them, have walked with them or may have to walk with them one day. It all seems very obvious, but to ensure that no other parts of the body are overloaded, attention must be paid to how best to walk with crutches.

WHY WALK WITH CRUTCHES?

There are several reasons why people have to walk with crutches, some more severe than others. The typical example is when a leg is broken. However, there are many other reasons, such as after knee or hip surgery or in case of bruising. When should you actually walk with crutches? Usually this is in the case of unloaded mobilisation, in which case you should not strain the injured body part while walking.

HOW BEST TO WALK WITH CRUTCHES?

An important first step is to make the adjust crutches correctly. You do this by standing upright put the crutches slightly in front of you and ensure that the hhandles at the same height as your wrists come. The armrest is best just below the elbow.

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To walk with crutches, first make sure you put both crutches forward at the same time. Then lean on the crutches and take a step forward with your non-injured leg, to just past the crutches. You repeat this movement over and over again. Keep your injured leg elevated, so be sure not to lean on it.

It may also be that you do have your injured body part may partially load. In this case, you do the same as explained above, but you can put the injured leg on the ground. So you put the crutches slightly in front of you and take a step with the non-injured leg. Now it can injured leg so do stand on the ground, but make sure that the crutches still provide the most support and that you therefore only have a small part of your weight on the hurt.

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In some cases, it may be best to walks with 1 crutch. In doing so, you hold the crutch on the side of the non-injured body part. To walk, move the injured leg and crutch forward. When doing this, be sure to use the crutch sufficiently to support yourself and thus not lean too much on the injured leg. Next, take a step with the non-injured leg.

WALKING COMFORTABLY WITH CRUTCHES? YOU CAN!

✅ Suffering from sore hands?
Use My Add On's handle cover with gel technology whose comfort you will feel immediately. In addition, the cover contains magnets that prevent your crutches from falling. View MySleeve

✅ Suffering from forearm pain?
Use the re-adhesive gel patch with patented gel technology. It fits all types of elbow crutches and provides support across the entire width of your arm. View MyGelbow

✅ Want to pimp your boring stools?
The grey sticks give a medical feel. This stick cover provides a trendy look and a nice feel every time you reach for the crutches. The MyCover will be released soon. Choose your pattern in advance via this form

Walking with crutches is not always pleasant, it can cause many inconveniences such as sore hands and arms. And that is where My Add On wants to change that. By developing all kinds of innovative tools such as the MySleeve and the MyGelbow, My Add On aims to make the experience with crutches and wheelchairs more enjoyable for its users. The aids provide a comfortable and stable experience, taking into account the needs of users.

Want to know how our users experience the MySleeve? Find out all about it in the article on our user tests.

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