Here's how to use crutches on the stairs:
- Approach the stairs and have your therapist stand by for safety until confident of abilities.
- Keep crutches down on lower level and do not place upward on the steps. Push down hard on the crutches with your arms. This lifts the body upward.
- Then, step up first with your strong leg to the first step!
- Bring up your weak leg and crutches to the same step as the strong leg.
- Crutches and both legs should now be on the same step.
- Repeat sequence from Step 3 again.
- To come down the stairs, lower the crutches down to the next step.
- The strong good leg and your arms will help lower body weight slowly to the next step.
- Move the weaker/painful leg down to the step with the crutches on it.
- Keep little or all weight off the painful leg as per your doctor's recommendations.
- Step down with strong leg.
- Both legs and the crutches should be on the same step.
- Repeat sequence from Step 7 to continue descending stairs.
- When finished, play theme song from Hollywood movie Rocky.
- Hydrate with liquids to keep refreshed from the workout!
Use a handrail and both crutches on one side, if balance or fatigue is a problem.
To remember proper gait sequence, just recall "Good foot goes to heaven, bad foot goes to hell-o!
Try to keep arms strong with simple strengthening exercises to help reduce walking fatigue.