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Crutches buying guide

When people need to remove the load from their legs (trauma, postoperative period) they use crutches. The hands and shoulder girdle are carrying the main load, which takes the load off of the legs.

If you are wondering where to buy crutches to assist you in your rehab or recuperative stage, our buying guide will step (pardon the pun) you through the process.

What to look for when buying

Pay attention to the type of crutch you buy, the material, the shape, color, the ability to adjust the length, etc.

Crutches For Sale

  • There are three main types of crutches:
  • Underarm crutches, otherwise known as axillary crutches
  • Forearm crutches, otherwise known as elbow crutches or Canadian crutches

Underarm Crutches

The location of the axillary roll and the handle for the wrist must be as convenient as possible. Stand upright and place a crutch next to you. Place the crutch tip at a distance of approximately 15 cm from the toe. You can move the crutch tips even further if your hips are too wide.

The distance between the top of the crutch and the armpit should be about 2-3 fingers (4-5 cm). If you do everything right, then this will be the height of the crutch you need. Now select the height of the handle. When gripping the crutch, your elbow should be at an angle of 25-30 degrees.

Underarm crutches cost around $49.95. Or hire from $10 per week at your local Medimart store.

Forearm/Elbow Crutches

This type is an intermediate between using axillary crutches and a walking stick during rehabilitation.

You will find a variety of models: Foldable, retractable and fixed; solid and demountable. The base of the elbow crutch can be in the form of a tip or pyramidal. Even the handle can be regular or anatomical – for the right or the left hand. There are lots of options.

Forearm crutches cost around $69.95. Or hire from $10 per week at your local Medimart store.

Gutter Crutches

These are ideal for people who have limited upper body or forearm/wrist strength. They are sometimes referred to as arthritis crutches too.

They differ from the other two types of crutches as with these, you actually rest your forearms on the “gutter” so you’re essentially leaning on the gutter with bent arms, so that the whole upper arm takes the weight. This limits the load on the lower arm and wrist.

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