If you break an ankle or foot, hurt your knee, or have some other kind of injury or disability that impacts your lower limb mobility, you will likely be directed to use crutches. Crutches are a simple and effective way to get around, allowing you to put your weight on the crutch so you can successfully hop on only one leg. However, there is not just one type of crutch available for purchase or rental. There are a two different kinds of crutches, so it is important to understand what to look for when choosing a new pair of crutches. Here is the guide on how to choose the right crutches for you. If you are interested in learning more or would like to purchase or rent crutches, contact Avondale HME in Arizona by calling (623) 552-6012.
There are two primary types of crutches that are regularly in use, and it will be up to you to choose between the two options. The two main types are underarm crutches and forearm crutches.
Underarm crutches are probably the most widely known crutches, as they are perfectly suited for short-term injuries and recovery from surgery. Underarm crutches have pads that go into your armpit, giving you support and stability. Many newer models of crutches come with shock absorbing rubber bars to increase your comfort and safety. These types of crutches are popular because they are very inexpensive and require little to no training to properly use them. All you have to do is adjust the crutches to the proper height and hand grip level, and you are ready to go.
Forearm crutches feature an open cuff that wraps around your forearm, giving you a greater range of motion and the ability to tackle any terrain. Also known as the Lofstr and crutch or elbow crutch, these crutches are much easier to use in everyday life and allow for more freedom than underarm crutches. On the downside, some training is required to avoid injuries and discomfort.
There are a number of questions to ask yourself when choosing between underarm crutches and forearm crutches.
Choosing between the crutches can often boil down to how long you need to use them. If you have a short-term injury and only need crutches while you are recovering, then underarm crutches are the best bet. If you have a more long-term injury, then forearm crutches are worth the time investment needed to master the crutches.
Underarm crutches are primarily used to help people recovering from relatively minor injuries, such as a broken or sprained ankle, a broken or sprained foot, a surgical procedure, a sprained knee, or some other temporary injuries. A forearm crutch is usually used for more serious issues, such as people with permanent disabilities stemming from polio, multiple sclerosis, or another long-term or lifelong disability.
Generally, when recovering from a lower limb injury, there is no need to get outside and go for a hike or walk on the beach. However, for a lifelong disability you will want to continue to live a normal and happy life, complete with an array of activities and adventures. That is why it is suggested to go with forearm crutches for long term disabilities, since you will likely encounter some uneven terrain. If you are merely recovering from an injury, most of your time is going to be spent sitting or lying down, so there’s no need for forearm crutches.
If you are truly interested in determining what type of crutch works best for you, than you need to speak to an expert. At Avondale HME in Arizona, our staff has the knowledge and experience needed to help you figure out whether to go with forearm crutches or underarm crutches. To learn more, contact us today by calling (623) 552-6012.