Crutches can be a quicker form of mobility to help you move around without putting weight on or through your affected leg and normally issued for short-term use.1
This section includes different types of crutches:
Crutches are usually used by people who are injured usually anywhere below the waist. These provide extra stability to enable normal movement.
Crutches are designed to be used in pairs. Occasionally one crutch is used on it's own but this should only be done under the guidance of a Physiotherapist.They will assess your personal requirements and will ensure that the equipment is the correct height, size and type for your needs.1-2
You can use these crutches in a range of ways depending on your walking pattern (gait).2-3
Advice is required to ensure that adequate support, and safety, is achieved, especially when using techniques for going up and down stairs.
Regular maintenance of crutches is essential to ensure safety. Checks should be made for signs of wear and tear, particularly at the site of screws and height adjustment mechanisms. All ferrules should be checked regularly and replaced as appropriate.1
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