The warnings about crutches from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons prove once again that the very tool which is there to help you get around… doesn't!
Here's some advice from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) :
For safety's sake, the ACFAS recommends that you do not use your crutches. Already sounds 'good', right?
You should somehow get your crutches to the top of the stairs (sliding them up if there are only a few stairs, perhaps throwing them up if there are many!?) and then 'creatively' dragging/shuffling/crawling yourself up the stairs.
Busy parent? Tired after a day's work? Still feeling a bit weak from your accident or operation? Sorry! You will still have to find the energy to haul yourself up there.
Don't worry, though—down is 'easier': you can just slide right to the bottom.
We reprint it here 'as is':
Follow These Rules for Safety and Comfort
Don’t look down. Look straight ahead as you normally do when you walk.
Don’t use crutches if you feel dizzy or drowsy.
Don’t walk on slippery surfaces. Avoid snowy, icy or rainy conditions.
Don’t put any weight on the affected foot if your doctor has so advised.
Do make sure your crutches have rubber tips.
Do wear well-fitting, low-heel shoes (or shoe).
Do position the crutch hand grips correctly.
Do keep the crutch pads 1½" to 2" below your armpits.
Do call your foot and ankle surgeon if you have any questions or difficulties.
Fortunately, there is someone who is doing something about this NOW.