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Millennial In-Motion Pro Crutches, 1 Pair
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Crutches are not exactly the most favorable mobility device available, but sometimes it’s just what you need to recover from a leg or ankle injury. Crutches can also be a valuable tool for those who have a permanent orthopedic injury that prevents them from walking without pain.
Available in wooden and aluminum styles, crutches are commonly used in the U.S. and are what hospitals issue out. Using crutches require upper body strength and good coordination – this becomes easier with practice. Crutches should be appropriately fitted with the right handgrip and overall crutch heights. A physical therapist can help find the perfect adjustments for your own height and preferences.
Here are some factors to consider when choosing crutches:
Underarm crutches, or auxiliary crutches, are the most common type of crutches. They’re ideal for those who need balance for a sprained or broken ankle or foot. Underarm crutches are generally for short term use.
Forearm crutches, or elbow crutches, feature an open cuff that grips the user’s forearm during use. These crutches require more coordination, but allow for a variety of gait patterns. They also encourage good posture, forcing users to stand up straight.
Be sure the height of the crutches accommodates your own height. You should be able to stand up straight, without feeling any strain on your wrists. Many crutches are height adjustable to fit a wide range of users.
All crutches require a certain degree of upper body strength to use. Forearm crutches involve more strength than underarm crutches. If you have limited strength in your arms and body core, try hands-free crutches or a knee walker instead.
Pay attention to the tips of the crutches. They should be made of a durable, non-slip material, and be replaced regularly. Crutches with spring-assisted technology help absorb floor impact and improve mobility.
Foldable crutches are convenient for travel since they easily fold up to fit in a bag or purse.
Many people often complain about discomfort when using crutches. Chaffing, callouses and soreness are the main grievances. Make your crutches more comfortable with crutch pads, fleece covers or gel handle grips.
Crutches can put a strain on your wrists and hands after long use. Look for contoured and ergonomic hand grips to help reduce stress and increase comfort.
Always check the weight capacity of assistive devices. Most crutches support at least 250 pounds. Bariatric crutches are available for those who need more support.
Increase the functionality of your crutches with an accessory. Crutch pouches are great for keeping your keys and other small items close. Handgrip pads made of foam or gel are ideal for those with weak hands and who need extra cushioning.
Some people may find standard crutches and forearm crutches too cumbersome or difficult to use. If this is the case for you, look into crutch alternatives, such as knee walkers.
Knee walkers, or knee scooters, are designed for below-the-knee injuries. These walkers allow you to rest your injured knee on a platform, and some come with a convenient basket to carry personal belongings.
Another option is the hands-free crutches. These simply strap onto your injured foot, providing you balance and support and freeing your hands to do other tasks.
We carry a large selection of crutches to accommodate all persons with limited mobility. If you still need help choosing crutches, please call us at 1-888-986-0660 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
We carry a wide variety of wood or metal crutches to fit anyone’s needs. From junior size crutches for users under 5’ tall, to heavy duty, bariatric crutches which hold up to 650 pounds, we can fit nearly anyone. Read More
We also carry specialty Millennial crutches and forearm crutches, which offer ergonomic design for maximum comfort. Each Millennial crutch offers spring assist, which absorb shock and help to push the user through each step. Don’t forget crutch accessories such as the additional padding and replacement parts to make your crutches the best they can be!