Learning to walk with forearm crutches or underarm crutches

Training the gait with crutches - many surgeons recommend to disburden the operated leg from the beginning (in the beginning the leg has to be completely disburdened, from 6th week you can start with gradual burdening and after 3-6 months you can fully burden your leg).

Goal of the exercise:

  • Training to walk with forearm or underarm crutches (walking on the flat surface)
  • Training to walk after the surgery (TEP of the knee or hip joint)
  • Training to walk with a broken leg
Default position
  • Set the crutches to a correct height (by underarm crutches, the hands should be slightly below the hand bars)
  • Keep your shoulders straight, straighten your spine
Phase 1
  • Place the crutches slightly in front of yourself, approximately on the distance of one step
Phase 2
  • Place the affected leg without any burden between the crutches - the contact is between the heel and the ground, then place the center of the foot and toes on the ground as well
Phase 3
  • Step forward with the healthy leg
  • Continue to walk this way
Exercise video tutorial

Common mistakes

  • Incorrect technique of stepping forward with the operated (injured) leg
  • Operated (injured) leg is not placed between the crutches
  • When stepping forward with the healthy leg, you put weight on the injured leg
  • When stepping forward with the injured leg, you put weight again on the injured leg

How often to exercise

  • Use the crutches based on the recommendation of your doctor

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