There are various reasons why someone might require the use of crutches. Crutches provide support and assistance during the recovery process from an injury or surgery. For individuals with limited mobility due to a leg injury or surgery, crutches can be an essential device in aiding movement.
How do I choose the right crutches?
When choosing crutches, there are a few factors to consider. First, determine your height and make sure the crutches can be adjusted accordingly. Additionally, take into account your mobility requirements and any specific features you may need, such as handgrip comfort.
Types of crutches available
Crutches: Choose from an assortment of crutches tailored to your needs, with options like child-sized crutches and ergonomic elbow crutches such as our Progress 2 Elbow Crutches.
Ferrules: Elevate your walking aids with durable rubber tip ferrules, available with or without spikes, ensuring stability on different surfaces.
Crutch Accessories: Enhance your crutch experience with practical accessories such as cane clips, holders, and comfort pads, designed to make daily activities more convenient.
Cane Tip Wide Base: Opt for stability and support with our wide base cane tip, available at an affordable price.
How do I use crutches correctly?
Proper crutch usage involves placing the crutches slightly in front of you, leaning on them for support, and then taking a small step forward with your unaffected leg. It's important to distribute your weight evenly and use your arms and upper body strength to help with movement.
Ensuring Crutches Are the Right Size for the Patient:
- Height Match: Crutches that are too short or too tall can create posture problems. Ideally, when the user stands up straight with the crutches placed about 6 inches from the side of the feet, the top of the crutch should be about 1-2 inches below the armpit.
- Handgrip Position: The handgrip should be at a level where the elbow is bent at a 15-30 degree angle. This ensures that weight is distributed appropriately and reduces strain on the wrists and shoulders.
- Tip Stability: The bottom tip of the crutch should have a rubber ferrule for grip. It needs to be checked regularly for wear and tear, as an uneven or worn-out tip can make crutches unstable and increase the risk of slips.
Phelans Pharmacy is your go-to destination for crutches in Ireland. We understand that choosing the right crutches is essential. Our dedicated team is here to guide you in selecting the ideal crutches based on your height, mobility requirements, and comfort preferences. From elbow crutches to walking frames, our range of walking aids is designed to support and enhance your mobility. Don't let a lack of mobility restrict your movement – contact us today to order the perfect crutches and let us help you to maximise your daily mobility.