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Walkers: Stairs and StepsCaminadores: En las escaleras y los escalones

Walkers: Stairs and Steps

Always use an elevator if one is available. Ask for different instructions if your walker has wheels. At first, always have someone below to guard you. A guard can stop you from falling if you lose your balance. "Up with the good and down with the bad" is an easy way to remember which leg to use first.

Up Stairs

Image of man with walker

Image of man with walker

Image of man with walker

1. Turn the walker sideways so the crossbar is next to you. Place the first 2 legs on the step above you. Hold the walker with one hand and the handrail with the other.

2. Support your weight evenly between the handrail and walker. Step up with your good leg.

3. Bring your injured leg up. Then lift the walker to the next step.

Down Stairs

Image of woman with walker

Image of woman with walker

Image of woman with walker

1. Turn the walker sideways so the crossbar is next to you. Place the back 2 legs on the step beside you. Hold the walker with one hand and the handrail with the other.

2. Support your weight on your good leg. Step down with your injured leg.

3. Support your weight evenly between the handrail and your walker. Slowly bring your good leg down. Then move the walker down to the next step.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2004-10-26T00:00:00-06:00

TESTIMONIALS

Dr West took such wonderful care of my husband Dick and that care extended his life by years. I continue to be fortunate to have him helping me to stay healthy. I wish there was a way for everyone to experience that quality of medicine.

By the way in the last two days this office is the only place that took my temperature before they would let me in. Shell Point and another doctors' office just ask you the questions as to where you have been lately.

Keep up the good work! PH

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