Ankle Injury Using a Walker
Elderly patients with ankle injury may require more support than a cane or crutches can offer.
A walker is much more stable than crutches or a cane. Adjust the walker so that the handles reach the crease in your wrist while you stand upright.
Using a Walker
- Place your walker one stride ahead of you. Make sure that all 4 legs of your walker are on the ground.
- Grasp the handles on the walker with both hands. Lean forward and support your weight on your arms.
- Step forward with your good leg. Place your foot in the center of the square that is made by the walker feet.
- Step forward with the other leg.
- Take small steps when you turn.
- In order to sit in a chair, back up until your legs touch the chair. Reach behind you in order to feel the seat and then sit down.
- In order to get up from a chair, push yourself up with your arms and then grasp the handles on the walker.
- Make sure that the rubber tips on the legs of the walker are tightly fastened. Replace the rubber tips if they become worn.
- Do not use your walker to climb stairs.
- Do not use your walker on an escalator.
General Safety Tips
- Remove small area rugs, electrical cords, spilled liquids or other items that may cause you to slip.
- In the bathroom, install non-slip bath mats, toilet grab bars, a raised toilet seat, shower grab bars and a shower tub seat.
- Keep household items in close reach.
- Use a backpack, fanny pack, apron or shoulder bag to carry items.
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