Crutches | Forearm, Walking & Platform Crutches
When needing mobility crutches for either short-term or long-term use, there are some important things to consider. Select the crutch that will provide the best fit for the condition, body type and that offers the most comfort. Vitality Medical offers a variety of styles of crutches to provide mobility after foot, hip, ankle, or leg surgery or injuries. Any of these styles of crutches can be used by individuals who have general imbalance issues or have weak lower limbs. Walking Crutches, such as Axilla, also known as basic underarm crutches, and the innovative In-Motion Pro Crutches are the most popular option for short-term use. There are also Forearm Crutches which can be a more comfortable option to accelerate patient recovery after knee or foot surgery. This style is ergonomically designed to encourage proper posture and improves strength which is important for short-term users but it's especially vital for long-term users with permanent or lifelong disabilities such as cerebral palsy. Amputees and individuals undergoing foot surgery may opt for a Knee Crutch to maintain mobility and independence. There are variations to this style with more information below to help you select the perfect knee crutch based on your needs.
Understanding the Different Types of Crutches and Selecting the Best Crutch for Your Situation:
When needing a mobility aid after a sports injury or when recovering after an ankle or knee operation, Walking Crutches are the most common crutch for short-term use. Basic aluminum Axilla Crutches, also known as underarm crutches, are the most popular crutch for short-term use and is a very economical option. This crutch redistributes weight from the legs to upper body by resting the crutch in the armpit with rubber underarm pads. It's important to adjust this crutch to the user's height by adding two fingers width under the armpit and adjusting the hand-grip so it's level with the wrist bone. An innovative walking crutch, the In-Motion Pro Crutch relies less on underarm pressure to reduce underarm soreness. It offers an ergonomically designed underarm cradle and angled grip and spring assist tip technology to absorb impact. This design will support proper posture and provide stability.
Forearm Crutches can definitely be selected for short-term use when recovering from foot or knee injury, especially when Axilla crutches prove to cause too much armpit pressure. Forearm Crutches can be used by anyone with balance issues, pain or arthritis in the legs or with general weakness in the legs. The Forearm Crutch style is typically most used for long-term individuals who require daily assistance due to disabilities. This style has an open cuff that wraps around the user's forearm to redistribute weight at the arms with a hand grip for stability. This style offers advantages but does require upper body strength and also takes time getting used to.
A Knee Crutch helps facilitate movement after injury, surgery or amputation. If you would like a stabilizing knee crutch that's hands-free this style may be a great option. It eliminates pain associated with traditional underarm crutches. The hands-free knee crutch is a one-size-fits-most and adjusts in thigh circumference and height. There is a quick release buckle as a safety feature, however if stability is a fear, you may want to go with a Drive Medical Knee Walker that's on wheels. The knee with the injured foot bends to comfortably rest on the pad which gives added stability with the user holding onto a bar or tiller handle bar. This provides easy balance and navigation as the user uses the other leg to walk with confidence. When stability is a fear, a knee walker option is the way to go.
Vitality Medical also provides a number of Crutch Accessories such as Crutch Tips and Crutch Arm and Hand Grips that provide custom features when user wants a special tip or glycerin gel pad and grip to add additional comfort and reduce friction and skin breakdown.