The nurse is assessing the crutches of a 27-year-old with a fractured ankle. The crutches are fitted properly if:


• For proper use of crutches, the elbows should be at a 30 degree angle when the handgrips are held

• The pads need to be 3 finger widths below the axillae

• When ambulating, all the weight should be on the hands, not the axillae

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