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Media file 1: Broken foot. Proper use of crutches is shown on the left. Crutch tips are shoulder width apart. Elbows are straight and locked. Pads at the top of the crutches are 3 fingerbreadths below the armpit and press against the side of the chest. Incorrect use of crutches is shown on the right.

Media file 2: Broken foot. Proper use of crutches for non-weight bearing. The knee on the injured leg is bent to keep the injured foot off the ground. Crutch tips are placed in front of you as you walk, and the good leg swings forward between the crutches as shown.

Synonyms and Keywords

foot fractures, sesamoid bones, toe fracturemetatarsal fracture, Lisfranc fracture, navicular fracture, calcaneal fracture, Talar fracture, broken foot, Ottawa foot rules

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Reviewed on August 10, 2005

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