Used correctly, crutches can accelerate the healing process of certain injuries by reducing potential detrimental weight bearing forces during walking or standing.
This allows healing to occur in the absence of further tissue damage, thereby accelerating recovery.
It will take a little bit of time to get used to the crutches, so do not be worried if it feels a little difficult in the beginning. Crutches require balance, dexterity and a certain amount of upper body strength. It usually takes time, practice and patience to master the art of using crutches, but once you have it, you will never forget it.
Before starting to use crutches, your doctor, nurse or other health care professional will show you how to adjust your crutches and also give advice on how to use them correctly.
There are several walking patterns that may be used with crutches to speed up the healing process of injuries and allow for mobility. The correct pattern for each individual should be advised by your doctor, nurse or other health care professional.
We can offer you the following tips with regard to crutches and their use:-
Clear away any hazards in your home or place or work, making sure that your walkway is free from obstacles. These include; loose rugs, cables/wires, children’s or pet’s toys and any other clutter you may have laying around.
Take extra care on wet or slippery surfaces, for example; kitchen or bathroom flooring. Use non-slip mats where possible.
Keep stairs free from any packages, boxes or clutter.
Try to sit on chairs with arms to make sitting and standing easier.
Remember to remove your arms from the crutches cuffs before sitting or standing. This will help to avoid any shoulder injuries.
When using stairs, always use the handrail if there is one and try to have someone who can assist you if necessary.
Always adjust the height of your crutches when changing from wearing shoes to barefoot and vice versa. If you do not, your stride and posture will be affected.
Take extra care when outside in wintry or wet conditions. Watch out for ice and wet leaves in particular.
Do not exceed the maximum user weight stated on the product label.
Never use crutches if you are feeling drowsy or dizzy.
Make regular checks of your crutches to make sure they remain in the best usable condition, taking note especially of the ferrules – the rubber stopper’s on the end of the crutch.