Introduction: How to Walk on Stilts
Walking on stilts may seem like a daunting task but it is actually fairly easy as long as you follow these simple steps.
Gather your materials:
Stilts (I got mine at www.pegstilts.com)
Two pieces of foam
Old sheets cut into strips
Tie the foam right underneath your knees with a sheet strap
Sit on the ladder so that your feet comfortably rest on the stilts
Begin to tie the stilts to your legs using veclro straps and wide sheets make sure that they are super tight. The stilt should feel as though it is an extention of your leg
Tie your feet to the stilts using sheet strips and velcro straps. Every stilt walker does this part diffrently. I prefer to use a long sheet strap to wrap under the foot plate back to my heel and then cross over to the front of my foot. It may take a few tries to find what is most comfortable for you.
Test the stilt to ensure that it feels as though it is an extention of your leg by extending it out in front of you if anything feels loose re-tie it and test again
Stand up! You need to keep moving at all times or you will loose your balance and fall. Shift your weight from one leg to the next as you find your balance and continue to do this as you walk. Be sure to have a friend who can be your spotter until you can walk on your own and even then it is good to have someone around who can catch you if you begin to fall