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Old 09-10-2011, 10:16 AM   #1
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Bruises from crutches...

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Post/op surgery 3 days, in the bathroom this morning and I noticed big huge bruises under my armpits! I don't think I am using my crutches right. My ankle is starting to ache, and I have put pressure on my foot. It is hard not to put my pressure on my foot when I walk with my crutches. Crazy! I have turned into a whiney, drugged up female! Any suggestions?
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Re: Bruises from crutches...

If your crutches are hitting you in the armpit area, they are too tall.

The proper way to walk is with your body weight on your hands. Keep your hands open and relaxed as you push down onto the handles of the crutches. Take small steps. Elbows should be straight but not locked, and don't hyperextend your wrist. Pick up the bad foot and keep it out of the way.

Is it possible for you to find someone to teach you how to use your crutches correctly? Pretty much any doctor, nurse or physical therapist could, or a patient who's been on crutches a lot.

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Re: Bruises from crutches...

I used crutches for about 5 minutes and the next day the sides of my chest and arm pit area were all swollen. I used a walker for the rest of my recovery. MUCH more stable and easier to pick up. Gives you GREAT upper body strength after a while, too!
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