Use of crutches
prevent pressure on axillae, keep elbows close to sides, prevent crutches from getting closer than inches to feet. To rise from chair: slide forward to the edge of the chair, extend the injured leg to prevent any weight bearing, place crutches on unaffected side, lean forward, and push off using crutches. To climb stairs: advance unaffected leg past crutches, then place weight on unaffected leg, advance affected leg and then crutches to the step, and continue with this order until top of the stairs is reached. To descend stairs: move crutches and affected leg first, followed by the unaffected leg.