This information explains how to perform assisted walking.

What Is Assisted Walking?

Assisted walking is a kind of careful, limited walking. Your doctor may prescribe assisted walking for different reasons, including a fracture (broken bone) or possible fracture of your hip, leg, or foot. It can also be prescribed for thigh or leg surgery. A brace, cast, or splint may be used along with a walking aid, such as crutches, a cane, or a walker.

It is important to follow your doctor's instructions to protect your leg or hip. Your physical therapist will teach you how to walk correctly. He or she will also adjust your cane, walker, or crutches to the height that works best for you, or will teach you how to make these adjustments yourself.

Types of Assisted Walking

Non-weight-bearing

  • Do not put any of your body weight on your affected leg.
  • Your foot must not touch the floor.
  • Use crutches or a walker to help you walk.

Flat foot touch-down weight-bearing (may also be called toe touch weight bearing)

  • Do not put more than 10 pounds on your affected leg.
  • Your foot should touch the floor to keep you balanced, but do not put any additional weight on your affected leg.
  • Use crutches or a walker to help you walk.

Partial weight-bearing

  • You can put 10% to 50% of your body weight on your affected leg. Your doctor will tell you how much is safe for you.
  • Use crutches or a walker to help you walk.

Weight-bearing as tolerated

  • You can put 50% to 100% of your body weight on your affected leg, depending on how comfortable you feel. The amount that you can tolerate may be different from time to time.
  • Use 1 or 2 crutches or a cane to help you walk.

Full weight-bearing

  • You can put your entire body weight on your affected leg.
  • Your doctor may recommend a walking aid, such as a crutch or cane.

Important Notes

  • Avoid twisting motions on your affected leg to lessen the chance of further injury.