There’s a simple saying to help you remember how to go up and down the stairs with your crutches. It’s “up with the good, down with the bad.”\nThis means that:\nWhen going up steps on crutches, lead with your stronger leg. Keep the crutches on the step where you’re standing.\n\nWhen you’re going up the stairs, you should lead with your stronger \u2014 or “good” \u2014 leg.\nWhen you’re going down the stairs, you should lead with your weaker \u2014 or “bad” \u2014 leg. The crutches support your weaker leg.\n\nTips for Going Up the Stairs on Crutches\n\nHold onto the handrail with one hand. Hold both crutches under your opposite arm. (If there’s no handrail, keep one crutch under each arm.) Crutches should be in the middle of the step, away from the edge.\nStart close to the bottom step.\nKeep the crutches on the step where you’re standing. Step up with your stronger leg (see image at right).\nPush down on your crutches, and then step up with your weaker leg.\nOnce both feet are on the same step, bring your crutches up to that step.\nCheck your balance before you move to the next step. Repeat one through six.\n\nWhen going down steps, place the crutches on the step below and lead with your weaker leg.\nTips for Going Down the Stairs on Crutches\n\nHold onto the handrail with one hand. Hold both crutches under your opposite arm. (If there’s no handrail, keep one crutch under each arm.) Keep crutches in the middle of the step, away from the edge.\nStart near the edge of the step.\nPut your crutches down on the next step below.\nStep down with your weaker leg.\nStep down with your stronger leg.\nCheck your balance before you move to the next step. Repeat one through six.\n\nBonus Tips for Climbing Stairs with Crutches\nIf your doctor tells you not to allow your weaker foot down on the ground at all (non-weight bearing), then:\n\nWhen going up steps, bend your knee and keep your foot behind you.\nWhen going down steps, extend your weaker leg in front of you.\n\nClimbing narrow steps without railings\nIf the steps are narrow and there are no railings:\n\nYou may have to sit on each step. Move up and down the stairs on your buttocks.\nYou can do this any time you feel unsteady or unsure of yourself when climbing steps with your crutches.\n\nIt’s also a good idea to make sure someone is nearby in case you need help.\nTips for Walking with Crutches\n\nCarry items in a backpack.\nDo not hang or lean on your crutches. Support all your weight on your hands, not under your arms.\nMaintain good posture when walking.\nWear comfortable shoes that fit well and support your feet.\nBe careful when walking on uneven or wet surfaces.\nWalk at a safe, comfortable pace.\n\nYou’ll get more comfortable climbing stairs and walking as you continue to use your crutches.\nOnce you feel comfortable, you can step with your weaker leg and the crutch at the same time.\nYour physical therapist may show you different ways to move safely, depending on your situation or environment.