First, it’s essential to choose the right mobility aid for you. If you need help deciding which one to choose, you can talk to your doctor or physical therapist. They can help you decide which mobility aid will best suit your needs. If your injury requires you to get around without putting any weight on your leg or foot, then crutches may be best suited for you. In contrast, a walking stick may be helpful for those who need increased stability or have an injury that allows for partial weight-bearing movement.1
Once you have your walking stick or crutches, it’s important to adjust them to the correct height. Having your walking stick or crutches at the right height will make it easier for you to move around and reduce your risk of falls. When standing up straight, the top of a walking stick should reach the crease in your wrist, and the top of a pair of crutches should be about 1-2 inches below your armpit.2
Next, it’s time to start practicing. The first few times you use your walking stick or crutches, it might feel a bit awkward or uncomfortable. That’s okay! It takes time to get used to these mobility aids, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t feel right at first. Start by practising on a flat surface in a safe and quiet environment.