Using a walking aid (like a cane, crutches, or a walker) will help you lower the amount of weight you put on your leg or let you avoid putting weight on your leg. Your primary health care provider will tell you how much weight you can put on your affected leg. This pamphlet explains how to use crutches, a walker, and a cane. It also explains how to increase the amount of weight on your affected leg.
After your surgery or illness, you may need equipment to help you get around. For example, you may need a walker or a raised toilet seat. Try to get any equipment you will need before you go in to the hospital. This pamphlet explains how to buy, rent, or borrow equipment in Nova Scotia and across Canada.