FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I make crutches more comfortable?
If your underarm adjustable crutches are uncomfortable, you can replace the standard hand grips and underarm crutch pads with thicker and softer ones, like Crutch-Mate. These pads are made from a high-glycerine gel that provides more comfort by helping prevent friction and thus reducing the chance of skin breakdown. You can also consider switching to other mobility aids, like walkers or forearm crutches, as they are typically more comfortable and easier to use. Forearm or elbow crutches also encourage proper posture and allow for more mobility.
Do I need crutches with a walking boot?
Walking boots are usually prescribed for soft tissue injuries, stable fractures, acute sprains, ankle stress fractures, or after surgery. Since each case is different, you should always follow the doctor's recommendation regarding the use of walking boots and crutches and you can ask them for alternative mobility aids. In most cases, orthopedists will encourage the use of standard aluminum crutches with walking boots, at least in the first days, when you shouldn't put too much weight on the injured foot.
Which size crutches do I need?
Most crutches specify the maximum weight and the height range of the patient they are suitable for and some even have a patient height guide on the crutch to make adjustments easier and more accurate. Besides choosing the appropriate size range, it is equally important to adjust it to your exact size. When standing up straight, the axillary pad of underarm crutches should be 1.5-2 inches below your armpit. To measure for hand grip adjustment, keep arms at the side without straightening them — keeping the natural bend at the elbow is important — and measure from the ground to the wrist. This is equivalent to handgrips being even with the top of your hips. When it comes to forearm crutches, make sure the forearm cuff is about three fingers width from the elbow and the handgrip is, once again, at wrist height.
Are all crutches adjustable?
Aluminum, steel, and wood crutches are all height-adjustable. In addition to that, underarm (axillary) crutches can also be adjusted between the hand rests and the underarm pads, whereas some forearm crutches offer cuff-to-handle adjustments and others are fitted with fixed bi-injected polypropylene handles. Unless the forearm cuff fits your arm just right — ending three fingers width from your elbow — when the crutch height is properly adjusted, stay clear of fixed handles and opt for crutches where you can adjust the size between the cuff and the hand grip. To make your crutches as comfortable and safe as possible, consider using crutch accessories like gel underarm pads and rubber crutch tips for better grip, cushioning, and shock absorption.
How do I choose between crutches and a walker?
All mobility aids have pros and cons and you can ask your doctor for help in making the right decision for you. Crutches, for instance, are lightweight, versatile, and easy to travel with, whereas walkers and rollators provide additional stability, something seniors and children need more than other age groups. The right choice also depends on the type of injury and whether it allows for partial weight-bearing movement or not. If you only need a little support, consider using a cane and holding it with the hand opposite to the injured leg.
Why should I buy crutches at Allegromedical.com?
AllegroMedical.com offers a wide range of mobility aids and accessories from top brands and you can get them in four interest-free payments, with the best price guarantee. Crutch models include underarm adjustable crutches, forearm crutches, lightweight aluminum crutches, and bariatric steel crutches in various sizes. Crutch accessories also come in handy, whether you want comfortable underarm crutch pads, replacement cuffs for forearm crutches, replacement pads for knee crutches, rubber crutch tips, or practical crutch holder clips that you can hang from the edge of any table.
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