How To Use Crutches On Stairs Safely – Tips & Tricks
If you’re new to crutches, then stairs can easily seem daunting and difficult.
Just like with walking on crutches, learn how to use crutches on stairs takes practice and dedication.
If you’re wondering how to use crutches on stairs, these tips will give you a process to follow when approaching stairs on your crutches.
How To Use Crutches Going Up Stairs
The first step is to hold both your crutches on the side with your injured leg. Your other arm should be holding on to the railing.
Next, put your crutches on the first step. Take a step with your good leg onto the same step. Now, use your crutches to push off and bring your injured leg up to where your good leg is.
Once both legs are on the same level, make sure you have your balance and then repeat the process.
If there is no railing, then you would keep one crutch under each arm. Keep your crutches in the middle of the stair, bring your good leg up to the next step and use your crutches to push off and bring your injured leg on the next step.
How To Use Crutches Going Down Stairs
Going down stairs is a bit tricky, especially if you can’t weight bear on your injured leg at all. When going down stairs, you want to lead with your injured foot and use your crutches to support your weaker leg.
Hold on to the railing, put your crutches on the next step and lead with your injured leg. Gently put your injured leg down, and put your weight on the crutches and railing to bring the rest of your body onto the same step.
Leading with your injured foot may feel awkward at first, but you’ll get used to the sensation the more your practice. The most important part is placing your body weight on the railing and crutch and slowly lowering yourself onto the next step.
Going down stairs can be dangerous if there are no railings. Your other option is to sit on each step and go down on your buttocks. This is the safest (and maybe funnest) way to get down stairs while on crutches.
Additional safety tips
- When using your crutches to support your body weight, lean on the handgrips, not your arms
- Get someone to help you when first learning how to use crutches on stairs
- Wear secure shoes that give you a good grip
- Go slow if you have to, your safety is more important
- Accept help in public when possible, you don’t want to reinjure yourself