After Hip Replacement: Using Your Crutches or Cane

After Hip Replacement: Using Your Crutches or Cane

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After Hip Replacement: Using Your Crutches or Cane

Getting around at home

When you’re ready, you may progress from a walker to crutches or a cane. Before you stop using your walker or any other walking aid, be sure to check with your surgeon or physical therapist that it is safe to do so.

Using crutches

  • With crutches in place, lean on your hands, not your armpits. The top of the crutches should be just below, not in, the armpit.

  • Move your operated leg and crutches forward at the same time. Keep the operated leg lined up with the crutches.  

  • Look straight ahead, and step through the crutches with your good leg.

  • To turn, take small steps. Don’t twist.

Using a cane

  • Hold the cane in the hand opposite the hip replacement unless told otherwise.

  • Put all your weight on your good leg. Find your balance. Move the cane and your operated leg forward.

  • Support your weight on both the cane and operated leg.  Then step through with your good leg, putting all your weight on your foot. Then start the next step.

Easing into activity

As you get stronger, slowly increase the amount of activity you do around your home. Start by getting your own glass of water and doing household chores like dusting. Soon you’ll be able to move on to advanced activities, such as using the stairs.