Re: Broken ankle & Crutches
'd broken my ankle some years back and was living alone in a house where I had to go up and down stairs. I did it on my butt; exhausting at first, but after about a week or two it got easier and I wasn't hesitating to do it. Here are a few suggestions that can help:
Try to plan ahead so you take whatever you'll need with you for the day (or night) when you go from one level to the other. This'll save you trips! You can put the stuff in a shopping bag and move it up/down the steps as you go. I would take a change of clothes, sweater, water bottle, etc, among other things.
When going upstairs, don't put all your weight in your arms to pull you up; instead push up with your uninjured leg on one of the lower stairs and just use your arms to stabilize yourself on the next stair up. The injured leg sort of just gets dragged along.
Lay the crutches down on a stair a couple stairs up from where you are. That will keep them from sliding down the stairs and necessitating you having to go back down to get them, as happened to me a few times. Then just move them up as you get to the stair below the one they're on.
When you get to the top of the stairs, if there's another flight, move (on your butt!) onto the second or third stair before trying to stand up. It'll be much easier as you're partially in a raised position.
One good outcome for me was that after a few weeks my butt looked great from all the exercise!
Hope this helps! Remember, it's a temporary situation.