Do not attempt to adjust or use your crutches without reading all instructions carefully. Failure to follow instructions may result in injury.
Before Each Use:
- Crutches are positioned correctly when you can lean forward comfortably while resting on the underarm supports. When standing straight, the underarm padding should sit 2-3 inches below your armpit. Ensure push buttons are firmly in place and hand grip wing nuts are securely tightened.
- Adjust crutch height by pressing both push buttons, rotating base, and pulling down until desired height is obtained. Rotate base again until both push buttons snap back into place. Push buttons are engaged when they fully protrude through the holes in the bracket and an audible click is heard.
- To position hand grips, let arms hang at your sides with an approximate 10° bend at your elbow. Measure from the floor to the center of your wrist. Adjust hand grips to this height by loosening wing nuts, sliding grips to the appropriate position, then securely re-tightening the nuts.
Using Your Crutches:
- Walking - Leaning on your uninjured leg, place crutches in front of you, positioning them slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Supporting your weight with your hands (not your armpits), carefully swing your good leg forward, placing this foot just in front of the crutches. Keep your head and posture upright to maintain balance. When using crutches, watch for possible safety hazards such as cords, water or oil on floor, rugs, or other obstacles.
- Walking up stairs – Hold onto hand rail with one hand while positioning both crutches under your opposite arm. If there is no hand rail, position one crutch under each arm. Keeping the crutches on the stair on which you are standing, step up with the stronger leg first, followed by crutches and the injured leg.
- Walking down stairs – Place crutches down on stair first, followed by injured leg, then the stronger leg.
- Sitting down – Back up to the seat until you feel the backs of your legs touching it. Hold both crutches by the hand grips in the hand on the injured side. Hold onto the seat with the other hand and lower yourself slowly, bending at the hips. Unless authorized by your healthcare provider, keep your injured leg off the ground and your weight on your good leg.
- Standing up – Make sure that your seat is secure. If using a wheelchair, ensure that the brakes are engaged. Move forward until you are sitting at the edge of the seat. Place the stronger foot on the floor. Hold the crutches by the hand grips in the hand of your injured side. Push up from the seat with the stronger leg, keeping your head forward. When upright, place a crutch under each arm.
To ensure that your crutches will have a long service life, inspect them regularly and follow these general maintenance tips:
- Wipe metal parts with a clean, soft cloth at least once a week. If exposed to moisture, dry immediately.
- Use only a clean towel dampened with cool water when cleaning hand grips and underarm padding. Confirm that the grips are dry before using. NEVER use ammonia-based cleaning solutions or soap on hand grips and underarm padding, which may cause them to loosen or crack.
- Periodically check tips for damage, cracks, or worn tread. If any of these issues develop, discontinue use until tips have been replaced.
Do not exceed the maximum weight capacity or serious injury may result.
Consult with your healthcare provider if:
- You require additional instruction on the proper use of this product.
- You have any disability or physical limitation or are taking any medication that could cause interference with the safe use of this product.
Make sure that your crutches have been correctly adjusted, all push buttons are fully engaged, all screws are tightened, and hand grips are securely attached.
Keep your wrists straight when using crutches.
Carry your full weight on your hands, not your underarms.
Watch for possible safety hazards such as cords, water or oil on floor, rugs, or other obstacles. If any component of this product is damaged or missing, discontinue use immediately. Contact Cardinal Health at 1-877-227-3462 for repair and/or appropriate replacement parts. DO NOT use non-Cardinal Health parts.
Use Cardinal HealthTM accessories only. The use of other manufacturers' accessories can result in an improper fit and risk of fall and/or injury.
Failure to follow the above instructions may result in serious injury and/or damage to the product. Cardinal Health assumes no responsibility for any injury or damage caused by improper installation, assembly, or use of this product.