Walking with a Gait Aid


After surgery you will need to use a gait aid while you walk. Whether you use crutches or a walker will depend on things like your home environment, your balance, etc.

 

Using a Walker

Using Crutches

 

Using a Walker

  • Move the walker first, making sure all four legs are on the ground
    walking with walker
  • Move your operated leg next into the middle of the walker
    walking with walker
  • Putting the allowed weight on your operated leg and the rest of your weight through the handles of the walker, move your good leg forward, even with your operated leg
    walking with walker

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Using Crutches

  • Move both crutches forward first
    walking with crutches
  • Move your operated leg next, even with the crutches
    walking with crutches
  • Putting the allowed weight on your operated leg and the rest of your weight through the handles of the crutches and not the armpits, move the good leg even with your operated leg
    walking with crutches

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Last Updated June 11, 2013 | © 2007, LHSC, London Ontario Canada