Safety Tips for Using Crutches

CrutchesGetting the hang of using the crutches can be very tricky. It takes instruction, coordination and a whole lot of patience to finally get to use crutches with ease. When you are finally comfortable enough to use them on your own, it’s important to be aware and apply these safety tips to be able to go around and use this device with confidence and without hurting yourself.

  • Watch out for and remove loose items on the floor such as rugs, electrical cords, toys or anything else that you could trip over.
  • Simplify your household to keep the items you need handy. Put everything else out of the way.
  • Carry a backpack or sling-type messenger bag so you have a place to put things that are easy to reach and out of the way.
  • Take short steps and rest often.
  • Keep most of your weight on your hands rather than on your armpits.
For more on how to use crutches safely, click here.

May 2, 2013