Walking With One Crutch
General Directions for Walking with a Crutch
- Place the crutch under your arm. Squeeze it to the side of your body.
- Move the crutch 6 to 12 inches ahead. It should be slightly away from your body.
- Push down on the hand grip. Step past the crutch.
- Support your weight with your hand and not under your arm.
- Check your balance before you go on.
How to Walk with One Crutch
- Place the crutch under the arm opposite your weaker leg (see figure above).
- Move the crutch forward and step with your weaker leg at the same time. Keep the crutch close to your body for support and balance (see figure at right).
- Support your weight on both your crutch and your weaker leg. Step past the crutch with your stronger leg (see figure below).
Repeat with the same sequence:
- Step with crutch and weaker leg.
- Step with stronger leg.
Tips for Walking with a Crutch:
- Carry items in a backpack.
- Do not hang or lean on your crutch. Support all your weight on your hand, not under
- Maintain good posture when walking.
- Wear shoes that fit well, support your feet, and are comfortable.
- Be careful when walking on uneven or wet surfaces.
- Walk at a safe, comfortable pace.
Your therapist may show you different ways to move safely, depending on your situation or environment. For more help and information, visit the UPMC contact us page.