When walking, start with the leg you had surgery on, or your weaker leg.
When going up a step or curb, start with your stronger leg. When going down a step or curb, start with the weaker leg: "Up with the good, down with the bad."
Keep space between you and your walker, and keep your toes inside your walker. Stepping too close to the front or tips or wheels may make you lose your balance.
Make changes around your house to prevent falls:
- Make sure any loose rugs, rug corners that stick up, or cords are secured to the ground so you do not trip or get tangled in them.
- Remove clutter and keep your floors clean and dry.
- Wear shoes or slippers with rubber or other non-skid soles. Do NOT wear shoes with heels or leather soles.
Check the tips and wheels of your walker daily and replace them if they are worn. You can get replacements at your medical supply store or local drug store.
Attach a small bag or basket to your walker to hold small items so that you can keep both hands on your walker.
Do NOT try to use stairs and escalators unless a physical therapist has trained you how to use them with your walker.