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Can you walk with only one crutch?

Can you walk with only one crutch?

Walking with one crutch or cane One crutch or a cane may be useful for walking when you have a slight problem with balance, some muscle weakness, injury, or pain in one leg. Hold the crutch or cane in the hand on the side opposite the healing leg.

Can an amputee use crutches?

Crutches are an absolute necessity, especially for a single-leg amputee because they provide the most efficient means of transportation. Aside from the axilla crutches, which fit under the arm, the forearm, or “Canadian,” crutches have been most commonly used and are ergonomic in design.

When you use one crutch which one do you use?

Walking On a Flat Surface. Place the crutch under the arm opposite your injured leg. When using a single crutch, you’ll have to decide which side to use it on. Medical professionals recommend placing the crutch under the arm on the side of your healthy leg — or in other words, on the opposite side of your injured leg.

Is it better to use a cane or a crutch?

Injuries below the knee are suitable for hands-free crutches, whereas a cane would be more appropriate for permanent leg injuries and above-the-knee or hip-related issues.

How long does it take to go from partial weight-bearing to full weight-bearing?

This depends on your job and what you do. If your job role involves moving around and / or commuting to work it may not be possible for you to return to work until you are fully weight bearing, this will be a minimum of 6 weeks.

What is a 2 point crutch gait?

A gait in which the right foot and left crutch are advanced simultaneously, then the left foot and right crutch are moved forward. See: Gait Using One Crutch.

How do you transition from crutches to walking?


  1. Start with the crutches positioned 1-2 inches to the outside of each foot.
  2. Advance one leg and the opposite crutch 6-12 inches in front of you (e.g. right crutch, left leg).
  3. Repeat the previous step with the remaining leg and crutch.