Before you start using your crutches on a daily basis, there are a few things you should check to get the optimum performance out of them.
One of the first things you need to do once you get your crutches is to make proper adjustments according to your body. Without proper adjustments, you can end up hurting yourself further while using your crutches.
The good news is, in a few easy steps, you can adjust your own crutches in the comfort of your own home. Here we are going to discuss the steps to do just that for both axillary and forearm crutches.
How to Adjust Axillary Crutches
Here’s a step-by-step guide to adjusting axillary crutches.
Fixing the Height
Every time you make each of the adjustments, you should stand up wearing your normal walking shoes with a good posture to make sure you get them right.
For most conventional crutches, you can adjust the height by sliding the lowermost part up or down while pressing the buttons on it, using the numbers inscribed on them as your guide. Make sure the holes line up so they click and the buttons pop out.
To make sure the height has been set right, stand up straight while holding the crutches a bit forward or how you usually hold them and see if you can fit two fingers comfortably between your armpits and the pad of your crutch.
Now readjust the height if needed and recheck until you get the desired height. Remember, you do not want the crutches to be touching your armpits.
And you definitely do not want to be leaning onto the crutches using your armpits. Your underarm area has nerves, arteries, and veins that could greatly suffer from bad postures like that.
Fixing the Handle
Okay, so you have set the height of your crutches. Now it’s time to move onto the handles.
Again, stand up with a good posture while holding the crutches, as mentioned above. Straighten out each of your arms so that they dangle to see where the wrist falls against the crutch. This should be the point at which your crutch handle should be.
Now, detach the handle from the crutch by unscrewing it and then reattach so that it lines up perfectly with the inside of your wrist. You can unscrew the handle with your bare hands, provided they are not screwed too tight.
While reattaching, set the handle at the right height using one hand and screw it back using the other hand. The screw does not need to be too snug, just snug enough so that it does not move or roll when you use the crutch.
At this point, when you grip the handle, your elbow should have a slight bend at a comfortable angle.
Adjusting the handle can seem a bit trickier as you may need to take the screw all the way out, depending on the crutch. But do not be afraid just to go ahead and do it as it really is not that hard and definitely worth the effort in the end.
Checking the Rubber Ends
Test out the rubber ends that came with your crutches to see if they are to your liking. They should be sticky enough that they do not slide around on tiled floors. Also, they should not be loose.
Rubber tips can deteriorate with time, and the metal or wooden shaft will eventually peek through, making the tips slippery, which you don’t want. So make sure to get new good quality tips once your old ones get worn out.
How to Adjust Forearm Crutches
Here’s a step-by-step guide for adjusting forearm crutches.
Fixing the Handle Height
In the case of forearm crutches, you need to do it the other way around. That is, you need to fix the handle first, and then the upper part. Start by standing the same way as mentioned above, wearing your usual walking shoes, and standing straight with good posture.
Now, check the height of the handle by holding the crutch to your side. Just like axillary crutches, the handle should line up with the inside of your wrist. Shorten or lengthen the bottom part of your crutch by pressing both buttons and sliding it up or down.
Once you get the handle height right, you can move onto adjusting the forearm piece holding the cuff.
Fixing the Cuff Height
To adjust the cuff, press down the buttons of the forearm piece like before and slide the shaft up or down as needed. The correct position for the cuff would be about three fingers length down from your elbow.
Keep in mind that both your crutches need to be the same length with the handles at the same height, no matter the crutch type.
Adjusting crutches in accordance with your own body is a very important step that you should not skip, for your own comfort and well being.
Using the steps described in this article, you can now easily adjust your crutches to make sure you get the best performance out of them.
The best part is, all these steps are done in a matter of minutes and take very little effort. Also, don’t forget to check the rubber tip every week, which again, takes only seconds.
Forearm crutches, sometimes also called elbow crutches, are a type of mobility device that assist people in walking. The forearm cuffs and handgrips are designed to take some of the weight off of the arms during weight bearing. Learning how to use and adjust forearm crutches properly will ensure that you do not cause yourself further injury or unnecessary muscle strain.
Things You’ll Need
- Forearm crutches
Stand the forearm crutches up against your body to make sure that the overall height of each crutch is appropriate. When standing up straight, the handgrip of each forearm crutch should hit approximately where your wrist bends. A series of spring buttons at the bottom end of the crutches alter the height.
Adjust the placement of the cuff on the forearm crutches before you begin to walk with them. Use the spring buttons on the upper half of each crutch to move the cuffs up or down. The cuff should be approximately 1 to 2 inches below where your elbow bends.
Turn the collar–the lip-type fixture at the end of the lower set of spring buttons–on each crutch. This secures the cuffs so that they will not move around as you walk.
Grab the handgrip of the crutches, one in each hand, while placing the cuffs on each forearm. The cuff is shaped like a U; the open end of the U should face outward.
Consult your doctor about how you should use the forearm crutches in terms of a walking pattern. Some people use the mobility aid to give them support while walking using both legs. Others may need to keep more weight on one foot due to a particular kind of injury. Each person learns from his medical care provider which crutch to put forward first in relation to stepping.
Place some, but not all, of your body’s weight on the handgrip as you walk with forearm crutches. The crutches are not designed to withstand a person’s full body weight but act as a support.
Lately we published an article about forearm verses underarm crutches. As we mentioned in that article, different people need different types of crutches. Some people find it easier to walk with underarm crutches while some other prefer forearm crutches (aka elbow crutches).
I have been using underarm crutches for many decades and I have tried forearm crutches as well. In my experience, using forearm crutches is much trickier — especially for people who have less balance in their bodies. Polio survivors often struggle with body balance — so they mostly use underarm crutches. Most of the people who need to temporarily use crutches (e.g. in case of accidental disabilities) prefer forearm versions of crutches. In this article we will share some tips on how to safely walks with forearm crutches.
1. Get the Suitable Crutches
First of all, you must ensure that you have got a pair of good quality forearm crutches. You need to be confident while using forearm crutches — so go to the store and get the one you feel most comfortable with. The store people can help you in selecting the right type of forearm crutch for your condition.
2. Adjust the Height of Forearm Crutches
Now you should adjust the height of your crutches according to your needs.
- Wear the shoes that you’re planning to use normally.
- Stand as upright as comfortably possible.
- Fit the crutch in your arm and put it on ground.
- Now adjust the height of the forearm crutch so that the handgrip comes at the level of your hip. Your forearm should be almost fully flexed while holding the crutch.
- While adjusting the forearm crutch height, make sure you do not set the height too long. If the crutch would be too long, your posture might be affected and there would also be the risk of slipping.
3. Adjust Cuffs
Some forearm crutches come with adjustable cuffs. You can change the height between handgrip and cuff by adjusting the cuff. If you have got such a forearm crutch, you should keep the cuff a couple of inches below your elbow.
4. Take a Step Forward!
- Stand up. Fit the crutches in both arms.
- Put both the crutches one step forward at equal distance from your body. Don’t put the crutches too far away from your body. To begin with, taking steps of 12 inches should be good.
- Put your uninjured foot forward.
- Press down on crutches and swing your body forward while taking your weight on forearms and crutches. As you swing, make sure that your injured foot is raised above the ground. Otherwise it may hit something in your way.
- Maintain body balance at all the time. If maintaining balance is difficult or you don’t feel confident, reduce the distance of the next step. Balancing your body is the most important thing you need to learn while walking with forearm crutches.
The following video shows you how to walk with forearm crutches. It also shows how to use forearm crutches while climbing up and down the stairs.
Walking with forearm crutches requires a bit of practice. Every person finds her way with hit and trial method. So, go ahead with the above mentioned tips and adjust them according to your needs. You might also get additional tips on this issue from this Rutger forum.
As usual, if you have some more advice or tips to share on the topic of walking with forearm crutches, please do share with us in the comments section. Here, sharing is indeed caring. Your advice may turn out to be of massive help in someone’s life. We hope you found this article useful. Thank you for using WeCapable.
Your doctor may have given you weight bearing restrictions on your leg which tells you how much weight you can put through your leg.
Weight Bearing as Tolerated
If you are weight-bearing as tolerated, that means you can put as much weight through your leg as is comfortable. Putting weight through your legs should not significantly increase or cause you pain.
Partial Weight Bearing
If you are partial weight bearing then you can put some weight but not all through your leg. You should push through your hands on the crutches to keep the full weight off of your leg.
Toe Touch Weight Bearing
If you are toe touch or foot flat weight-bearing, then you may simply rest your foot on the floor. Imagine there is an egg or a cracker under your foot that you don’t want to crush. It’s important to know that toe touch weight bearing does not mean that only your toe can touch the ground. It is important to allow your entire foot to rest flat on the ground.
Non Weight Bearing
If you are non-weight-bearing then you can’t put any weight through your foot. You should push through your hands on the crutches to keep the weight off of your foot. As you walk, you should be able to walk without your foot touching the ground.
No matter what your weight-bearing restrictions are, make sure that you never lean on the tops of your crutches. You can hurt a nerve causing numbness and tingling in your arm. Put all of your weight through your hands, not your armpits.
How to fit your crutches:
- Stand tall with your shoes on. Make sure your shoes have low heels and good support.
- Put the crutches under your arms. Relax your arms and let them hang down over the crutches. There should be a two inch space between your armpit and the top of the crutch with your hands hanging relaxed.
- The hand grips should be at the level of your wrist when holding the hand grips.
- Your elbows should be bent slightly to about thirty degrees.
To stand up, hold both crutches by the hand grips in one hand and push up with the other hand on the chair. Then put one crutch under each arm.
To sit down, place both crutches in one hand holding the hand grips together and reach for the chair with your other hand to lower yourself slowly.
- To take a step, squeeze the crutches between your upper arms and ribs put the weight through your hands not your armpits.
- Move the crutches forward. Move your injured leg forward and put your foot even with the crutches. Put as much weight as you are allowed on the injured leg, taking the rest of the weight through your arms and hands.
- Step past with your stronger leg.
- In summary, move the crutches first, your injured leg next, and then your stronger leg.
- To go upstairs with a handrail, place one crutch under one arm and use the handrail with the other arm for support.
- Step up with the stronger leg, then the injured leg, and lastly bring up the crutch. Always make sure the crutch tip is completely on the stair. If you do not have a handrail be very careful as you could lose your balance. Have someone help you or avoid the stairs until you are stronger.
- Place one crutch under each arm. Step up with the stronger leg then, then bring the injured leg and your crutches up together.
- To go down stairs with a handrail, place one crutch under one arm and use the handrail with the other arm.
- For support, lower the crutch down to the step below and move your injured leg down and then bring your stronger leg down. Always make sure the crutch tip is completely on the stair. If you do not have a handrail, be very careful as you can lose your balance. Have someone help you or avoid the stairs until you are stronger.
- Place one crutch under each arm. Step down with your crutches and your injured leg. Together then bring your stronger leg down.
If you do not feel steady on crutches, a walker is another option. The walker does offer more stability. If you need to go up one step with a walker you should do this backwards. Going down one step you should go forwards, leading with your walker and your injured leg. More than one step is not safe with a walker. Be sure to sit for a few minutes before standing while sitting. Review the process for the safe use of crutches. Once you are standing, be sure that you are stable before you start moving. If at any time you do not feel stable, you should stop and sit down on a safe surface.
In conclusion, be sure to check with your healthcare team to determine whether or not crutches are the safest choice for your situation. Be sure that your environment is also safe for the use of crutches. This means that your environment should be free of clutter. There should be no throw rugs or loose edges on carpeting and absolutely do not use crutches on wet surfaces. If you have any questions or you have any difficulty using crutches, please discuss these with your health care team.
A forearm crutch, is also known as a Lofstrand crutch and may sometimes even be referred to as a Canadian crutch. It differs from the axillary crutch because it has a cuff that goes around the forearm. A forearm crutch is used by inserting the forearm into the cuff and holding the grip. Typically forearm crutch are used for long term injuries, axillary crutches are typically used for short term injuries.
Forearm Crutch Height: Adjust the forearm crutch height by pressing both buttons and rotating the bottom piece. Ideally, the cuff of the forearm crutch should be three fingers width from the elbow. Once measured, rotate the bottom piece to lock the buttons in place.
HandGrip: The forearm crutch handgrip should be adjusted to the height of the wrist and show a slight bend in the patient’s arm. Once it is set, tighten the adjusting bolts.
Sizing and Safe Forearm Crutch Use
Before using the forearm crutches it is important to make sure:
- The forearm crutches are correctly fitted
- All buttons are are engaged fully and are not pressed in
- The tips of the forearm crutches are not completely worn at the bottom
- The handgrips are attached sturdily and do not move when pressure is applied through them
- No components are loose and both forearm crutches are symmetrical
- Inspect both forearm crutches and their parts for dents, cracks, or any irregularities
When performing stairs, the forearm crutches should always stay with and move with the injured lower extremity.
Ascending: When ascending the stairs the patient should always start by placing the non-injured lower extremity on the stair. The patient will then press through the non-injured lower extremity and move the injured lower extremity simultaneously with the forearm crutches to the same stair. (Think “Good Goes Up First”) This pattern is repeated until the stairs are completed.
Descending: When descending the stairs the patient should always start by moving the forearm crutches to the lower stair. This makes the non-injured lower extremity do all the work and control the patient’s weight. Once the forearm crutches are on the stair, it is safe to move the non-injured lower extremity down to the same stair. (Think “Bad Goes Down First”) This pattern is repeated until the stairs are completed.
It is important to remember not to allow the bottom of the forearm crutch to be near the edge of the stair when ascending and descending for safety concerns.
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Crutches are often used to minimize pressure and weight on an injured leg. They are a common assistive device used after injury or surgery. Your physical therapist can teach you how to properly size your crutches.
Before using crutches, it is important to be instructed by a healthcare professional as to how to properly use them. This should include proper crutch positioning and sizing. Being adequately fitted with a pair of crutches is important for safe crutch use as well as to prevent possible nerve damage in your arms or hands.
Tips for Proper Crutch Sizing
Here are some basic guidelines to follow when sizing your crutches:
- The top of your crutches should be between 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches below your armpits while standing up straight.
- The handgrips of the crutches should be even with the top of your hips.
- There should be a slight bend in your elbows when you use the handgrips.
- Hold the top of the crutches against your sides, and use your hands to absorb the weight. Do not press the top of the crutches into your armpits. This could result in damage to the nerves that run under your arms.
Following these tips should help ensure proper crutch sizing, which can make using your crutches simple.
If your crutches are too high, it may be difficult to walk; you'll feel like you are pole vaulting over the crutches with every step you take. If your crutches are too short, it may cause you to lean forward too far, leading to back pain, shoulder pain, or neck pain.
Remember that everyone is different, and your crutch sizing may take a bit of finessing to get it absolutely right. Your physical therapist can help you make sure your crutches are the proper height and that you are using them correctly for your condition.
A solid crutch training session will focus on proper walking and weight bearing, practicing walking up and down stairs and walking up and over curbs and obstacles. Your physical therapist can ensure that you are safe while training on your crutches. Some doctors recommend you learn to walk on crutches before an elective lower extremity surgery.
Remember, there are different levels of weight bearing and different types of gait patterns that may be used with your crutches. By learning these types of crutch walking patterns, you can be sure to remain safe while walking with your crutches.
When You Only Need One Crutch
When walking with only one crutch, you should not need to make any changes to the crutch size or position. Typical progression from walking with crutches would be to walk with two crutches, one crutch, and then progress to walking with a cane. When using one crutch or a cane, it is often used on the opposite side of your injury or weakness. You move it forward with your weak or injured leg, then follow with your good leg.
A Word From Verywell
If you are required to walk with crutches after an injury or surgery to your lower extremity, take the time to visit your physical therapist and doctor to be sure your crutches are sized properly. Doing so can make walking safe and effortless and help you on your road to full recovery to your normal lifestyle.
Want to learn how to use forearm crutches properly? Keep on reading, it’s easier.
First you need adjust them according to your height. Then follow the steps mentioned below.
- Stand straight with crutches, and place both crutches tips apart from you approx. 10cm away on both sides.
- Then bring forward both crutches simultaneously and place them ahead of you about a foot. After placing the crutches, you need to bring the good leg ahead followed by the injured leg, shifting your body weight onto the crutches, place your body in between the crutches. And repeat the same process.
- Remember, crutch hand-grips should be equal to your hip bone and elbows should be slightly bent at 15 degrees to avoid the side effects of using forearm crutches.
If you still need any help, you can check my other blog post on how to walk with crutches properly, where you’ll get detailed introduction to all gait types, and usage of crutches on stairs as well.
How to choose the best forearm crutches?
Now, despite the fact that forearm crutches are more comfortable, you must keep in mind several key points crucial for buying forearm crutches. These will help you determine whether certain crutches are good enough to buy for yourself.
So let’s discuss them one by one.
Are you okay with using forearm crutches?
Ask yourself this question before you even think about buying forearm crutches. Why? Because forearm crutches require more upper body strength and also wrists’ strength.
Hence, you should be strong enough to balance your weight on forearm crutches, otherwise there is no point buying them, right? Instead, you can go for the best underarm crutches that require less strength. Once you heal yourself a bit, then you’ll be able to walk with forearm crutches.
But, if you’re okay with forearm crutches right now, move on to the next important points.
Weight Bearing Capacity of Crutches
Yes, this point is quite obvious. Imagine you order a nice pair of crutches for yourself. These look cool, you’re happy, you start using them, and one day you’re slowly going down the stairs, step by step. Then, a moment comes, it’s your third step on the stairs and you hear a sound; a sudden cracking sound of something breaking.
Next moment you realize, instead of going step by step, you’re rolling down the stairs smashing your legs and hands, head and ribs and bottom; whump. You crash-landed on the flat, rock-hard floor; because a little fortune you spent on those goddamn crutches could not even bear you walking down the stairs.
Then you’ll be like why the hell did that happen? My friend, that happened, because those bad eggs were good-for-nothing. Those crutches were never meant to bear your weight. You should not have bought them in the first place.
So what’s the lesson here? Always buy the product with maximum weight bearing capacity to avoid getting yourself hurt AGAIN! Ideally, reliable crutches come in the range of 230-300 pounds weight bearing capacity.
Your next concern should be to choose a design that is comfortable for the long term. And how do you know if the design is ergonomic and best for long term use? Well, check for the arm cuffs, tips, hand-grips, adjustment flexibility, and overall design of the crutches.
If these elements seem to put you in total control and comfort, then, it’s a green signal. If all or one of these elements lacks comfort, instead of healing yourself, you’ll develop other issues like wrist pain, bad back, or nerve damage. So always choose an ergonomic design and get the most out of your crutches.
Weight of the Crutches
Last but not least: check the weight of the crutches you’re going to buy. Always remember, the lighter they are, the easier it will be to carry them around. Think of it this way: you’re already struggling with your injury and it is nerve-wracking to even carry your own body weight.
Then, on top of it, you’ve to bear the weight of heavy crutches. That will be much more painful, right? But lightweight crutches will save your day at least a bit. Ideally, 1.5 pounds or 0.5 kg is enough for a reliable forearm crutch. So, make a note of this point as well.
Tell me your questions related to using forearm crutches in the comment section below & I’ll help by answering each of them. Hope this blog post was helpful for you!
You were caught in an accident and now need a crutch to walk.
I am totally aware of how difficult it can be to walk with crutches as your movements are no longer natural.
However, the situation can get worse if the crutch isn’t fitted properly.
Incorrectly fitted crutches will cause severe discomfort while walking and may cause health issues. And to fit the crutch perfectly, it is important that you know how to measure crutches. Herein, in this post, we are going to teach you exactly that; measuring crutches.
Types of Crutches
There are two types of crutches. The one you use depends mainly on the type of injury you have suffered, but what your Physiotherapist says matters greatly regarding which crutch you use. The two types of crutches are:
1. Axillary or Underarm Crutches
These crutches are light and can be made out of either wood or metal. They are usually used for short term injuries. They consist of a single leg that can be adjusted for the appropriate height. They provide ample support and can be used to climb up and down the stairs.
2. Forearm or Elbow Crutches
These crutches are for long term uses and for those who can bear the weight on both of their legs. Usually made out of aluminum, they consist of a forearm cuff and handgrip. Both the height and position of the cuff can be adjusted to suit your needs. Although, compared to underarm crutches, they are a bit less stable.
How to Measure the Crutches
There are many ways to go about measuring the length of the crutch with the method differing depending on the type of crutch being used. Regardless of the crutch or method used, it is best that you seek a friend or someone’s aid when doing this so as not to put too much pressure on yourself or make mistakes when measuring.
For Axillary Crutches
Here’s the step-by-step guide for axillary crutches:
- If you plan to walk with your shoes on, then when measuring the height for the crutch, take the height of the walking shoes into consideration.
- With shoes on, use your measuring instrument (preferably a measuring tape) to measure from 5cm vertically down from the apex of axilla till 20cm lateral to the heel of the shoes.
- In case you want to measure without your shoes, then use the measuring tape from the apex of the axilla till the lower margin of your ankle, particularly the swell, which is known as the medial malleolus.
- Next, you will measure and set up the handgrip. First, you need to extend the device about 15cm out from the side of your foot. Keeping your shoulder relaxed, the handpiece should be adjusted to allow around 30 degrees of elbow flexion.
- Check the final fit of the crutch. Make any adjustments as needed before setting the crutch in place.
For Forearm Crutches
Here’s the step-by-step guide for measuring forearm crutches:
- If you want to measure with shoes on, then wear walking shoes and have someone to support you.
- Flex your elbow to fifteen degrees. You need to start from the ulnar styloid process and measure 20 centimetre sideways till the heel of your shoe.
- In case you don’t want to take the shoes into consideration, measure from the same position to the ankle instead.
- Measure the forearm from 3 inches below the elbow. Add this measurement to the one you found previously. Make sure your shoulder is relaxed and adjust the crutch so that it allows some flexibility.
- Next, you have to measure the cuff size. A bigger arm cuff (i.e., higher up on the forearm) will allow more leverage and flexibility. However, if it is too high up, it will cause problems, mainly digging into your upper arm, when picking up objects from the ground.
- To measure the distance of the bar, which attaches the cuff to the handgrip, you need to measure from the cuff girth to the ulnar styloid process on the forearm.
- To take the vertical measurements, have someone hook the measuring tape on the lowest part of the crutch tip and extend it till the top surface of the handgrip of the crutch.
- When taking this measurement, make sure you’re standing tall, preferably leaning against a wall and making sure your shoulder is relaxed. Your elbows should be flexed at around 15 degrees for this measurement.
- Have someone hook the measuring tape from the floor and extend it up to the deep crease between the palm and the wrist. Add one inch to the measurement for better results.
After reading this article, we hope you have learned the importance of carefully measuring your crutches and also learned how to go about taking said measurements.
Love the forearm crutches. I’ve used them now for about two weeks and find they are very appropriate to my 6 foot 6 inch body. I prefer them to the standard crutch and to the canes that I have used in the past. Thank you for such a lovely product.
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I have balance problem r/t CP and have found the forearm cane to be very helpful to maintaining my balance. It is very light weight and sturdy. I like that it is a simple design that is able to be used in the shower for stability when getting in and out. As it is adjustable it is not waterproof and should be dried off right away. I only wanted one cane however and was able to find someone that had one for sale. I think it would be good to see the company offer a sale of only one for those that need it.
Hello Kitkat, Thank you so much for your great review! We appreciate your feedback and We are so happy to hear that the product is working out so good for you! Thank you for being a Vive Health Customer-Carolina- Vive Health CS
Just what we needed, although the handles were a little to smooth, nothing to grip.
Thank you for your 5 star rating! I’m glad that you are satisfied with our product. Thank you so much for being a Vive Health customer! -Warm regards, Veronica S-Vive Health
Seriously, good value for cost. It’s so hard to find forearm crutches that don’t bend your wrist weird without shelling out 800$ per unit or something. My only issue is that one, the polymer the grips scratch a bit easier than I’d like for something I’m going to be active using, and two, the handle bases are mounted at slightly different heights from crutch to crutch, even between pairs at the same height setting. It’s not a major issue if you won’t be using them for long, or if an uneven limb length is something you’re correcting anyway.
Seriously though, well made and sturdy for the price.
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are happy to hear that the product is working well for your needs. Thank you for being a Vive Health Customer!
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I have a spinal cord injury that has left me with limited walking and stability issues. I was using a single cane but started falling more over time. My physical therapist suggest forearm crutches. I was using a pair of heavy, crome colored crutches with the full forearm feature. i was embarrassed by the look. I felt less stable because I was afraid of falling and my arms being trapped by the full cuff. They were heavy and I just couldn’t use them quietly. Looking back, all those are silly reason for not using forearm crutches and honestly, I should be grateful for being able to get around.
I found these Vive forearm crutches, that have a molded open cuff, they come in a few colors. and they are so lite to work with. they keep me upright and I’m happy to show them when someone asks about them and a lot of older and disabled do, I’m happy to tell them this story. thank you