Health Tip: When You're Using Crutches
(HealthDay News) -- If you've broken a bone in your leg or have
had surgery that involves a lower limb, crutches can help keep you
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
- Organize your home so things you need are easy to reach and
- When you need to carry things, consider using a briefcase,
backpack or apron.
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