Going up and down stairs following an injury or surgery to your leg or foot can be quite a challenge. Other medical conditions, such as a stroke, can cause a lot of difficulty with stairs as well. We will teach you the easiest and safest way to go up and down stairs, whether it is 1 step or an entire flight.
- UP: use your “good” leg to step up first, followed by your “bad” leg
- DOWN: use your “bad” leg to step down first, followed by your “good” leg
If balance is also a problem and the staircase only has 1 railing, turn sideways and follow the same principles above. If you must go up or down a curb (without any type of handrail), use a friend or family member for support. If you don’t have someone with you, look for the closest ramp onto the sidewalk to be safe.
How can PHYSICAL THERAPY help?
- A physical therapist will be able to examine what deficits are limiting you from being able to go up and down the stairs safely. Whether it is from weakness, balance and coordination problems, or not enough range of motion (common with patients who have had a hip or knee replacement). The therapist will then work with you on improving these problems. They will also give you some exercises to do at home that will help speed the recovery.
We treat patients with strength, balance/coordination problems, and ROM deficits in the 34711 area!