crutch walking

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Walking with the assistance of elbow or axillary crutches to support an injured leg and avoid putting weight on the leg. Crutches should be carefully measured to suit the patient. There should be sufficient space between the top of the crutch and the axilla (arm pit) to prevent damaging the nerves. The hand rest should be level with the crease of the wrist or the styloid process. The patient should use two-point walking, with both crutches being moved forwards together, then the patient pushes down on the hand rests, straightens the elbow, and hops forwards.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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