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 Adjustable 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 the 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. These crutches can be used by anyone with balance issues, pain or arthritis in the legs or with general weakness in the legs. Their style is typically most used for long-term individuals who require daily assistance due to disabilities. It 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 crutch that's a hands-free crutch this style may be a great option. It eliminates pain associated with traditional underarm crutches. The 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 of yours, 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 handlebar. 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.