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Crutches Buying Guide

Choosing Crutches

Crutches are mobility aids used by individuals who have suffered injuries or undergone surgeries that limit their ability to walk or bear weight on one or both legs. They provide support, stability, and balance, making it easier for the user to move around safely and comfortably.

When choosing crutches, it's essential to consider the type of injury, the user's height and weight, and the expected duration of use. There are various types of crutches available in the market, each with unique features and benefits. In this buying guide, we will discuss the common features of crutches, how to decide which is best, when to use crutches, and how to use crutches.

Common Features of Crutches

Common Features of Crutches

Crutches come in different shapes, sizes, and materials. However, most crutches have the following common features:

  1. Hand Grips: Hand grips are the part of the crutches that the user holds on to for support. They are typically made of rubber or foam to provide a comfortable grip.
  2. Underarm Supports: Underarm supports are padded platforms that fit under the user's armpits to provide support and distribute the weight evenly. They are adjustable, allowing the user to find a comfortable height.
  3. Adjustable Height: Most crutches have an adjustable height feature, allowing the user to adjust the height of the crutches to their preferred level.
  4. Tips: The tips of crutches are the part that comes in contact with the ground. They are usually made of rubber or plastic to provide traction and prevent slipping.

Types of Crutches

Axillary Crutches

Axillary crutches are the most common type of crutches used by people with temporary mobility issues due to injuries, surgeries, or illnesses. They are designed to fit under the user's armpits and extend down to the ground, providing support and balance. Axillary crutches have adjustable height, hand grips, and underarm supports. They come in various materials such as wood, aluminum, or carbon fiber.

Forearm Crutches

Forearm crutches are also known as elbow crutches or Lofstrand crutches. They have a cuff that goes around the user's forearm, providing support and stability. The handgrip is located at the top of the cuff, allowing the user to support their weight with their forearms instead of their hands. Forearm crutches are typically made of aluminum or carbon fiber, and they are adjustable to fit the user's height.

Platform Crutches

Platform crutches are designed for individuals who cannot grip the handgrip of traditional crutches due to hand or wrist injuries. They have a flat platform instead of handgrips, which the user rests their forearms on, allowing them to support their weight with their forearms. Platform crutches are typically used by individuals with long-term mobility issues, and they require a larger turning radius due to their size.

Leg Support Crutches

Leg support crutches are designed for individuals who have had a lower leg or foot injury. They have a padded knee support that wraps around the injured leg, providing support and stability while allowing the user to use their other leg to move around. Leg support crutches are typically used for short-term mobility issues and are not recommended for long-term use.