Health Tip: When You're Using Crutches

By on June 9, 2010

If you’ve broken a bone in your leg or have had surgery that involves a lower limb, crutches can help keep you moving.

But the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons warns that you should always take precautions. It offers these guidelines:

  • Clear all walking areas in your home of tripping hazards such as electrical cords and rugs.
  • In the bathroom, consider installing a nonslip bath mat, a seat in the shower, an elevated seat on the toilet, and grab bars on the walls.
  • Organize your home so things you need are easy to reach and close by.
  • When you need to carry things, consider using a briefcase, backpack or apron.

Source: HealthDay

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