Aluminum Crutches w/ Tips & Pads
ADULT TALL: 5’10” – 6’6″
• Made of lightweight, anodized aluminum.
• Reinforced center tube and footpiece provide added strength.
• Push button adjustment makes changing height easy.
• Height adjustment in 1″ increments.
• Handgrip position is readily adjusted with wing nuts.
• Underarm and handgrip pads are comfortable and durable.
• 300 lb maximum weight capacity.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are crutches?
Aluminum crutches are a type of Walking Aids that serve to increase the size of an individual’s base of support. Aluminum crutches transfer weight from the legs to the upper body and is often used by people who cannot use their legs to support their weight (ie short-term injuries to lifelong disabilities).
What are the different types of crutches?
There are three types of crutches: Axilla crutches, Elbow crutches and Gutter crutches.
- Axilla or underarm aluminum crutches: They should actually be positioned about 5 cm below the axilla with the elbow flexed 15 degrees, approximately. The design includes an axilla bar, a handpiece and double uprights joined distally by a single leg. Aluminum crutches are adjustable in height; both the overall height and handgrip height can be adjusted (aluminum crutches are adjustable approximately 48 to 60 inches (12 to 153 cm).
- Forearm crutches: (or lofstrand, elbow or Canadian crutches). Their design includes a single upright, a forearm cuff and a handgrip. The height of the forearm aluminum crutches are indicated from handgrip to the floor (adjustable from 29 to 35 inches or 74 to 89 cm).
- Gutter Crutches: (or adjustable arthritic crutches, forearm support crutches) These are additional types of crutches, which is composed of padded forearm support made up of metal, a strap and adjustable handpiece with a rubber ferrule. These crutches are used for patients who are on partial weight bearing like Rheumatoid disease.
Do crutches need to be measured?
It is essential that aluminum crutches are measured and adjusted to suit every patient they are given to. There are various methods to measure both the canes.
What are the different walking patters used with crutches?
There are several different walking patterns that an individual using crutches may use, including:
- 2 point: the crutches and the fractured leg are one point and the uninvolved leg is the other point. The crutches and fractured limb are advanced as one unit, and the uninvolved weight-bearing limb is brought forward to the crutches as the second unit. this gait pattern is less stable as only two points are in contact with floor and good balance is needed to walk with 2 points crutch gait.
- 3 point: this gait pattern is used when one side lower extremity (LE) is unable to bear weight (due to fracture, amputation, joint replacement etc). It involves three points contact with the floor, the crutches serve as one point, the involved leg as the second point, and the uninvolved leg as the third point. Each crutch and the weight-bearing limb are advanced separately, with two of the three points maintaining contact with the floor at any given time.
- 4 point: this gait pattern is used when there’s lack of coordination, poor balance and muscle weakness in both LE, as it provides slow and stable gait pattern with three points support on it, point one is the crutch on the involved side, point two is the uninvolved leg, point three is the involved leg, and point four is the crutch on the uninvolved side . The crutches and limbs are advanced separately, with three of the four points on the ground and bearing weight any given time. 
- Gait to: the fractured limb is advanced, and then the intact limb brought to the same position. When weight-bearing status is restricted to partial, toe-touch, or as tolerated, crutches or a walker are necessary and help the patient step to the fractured limb by pushing down with the upper extremities, thus transferring weight from the fractured limb to the assistive device.
- Gait through: the intact leg is advanced, and then the fractured leg is advanced past it. With restricted weight-bearing, crutches are used instead of the injured limb, and the patient steps past the crutches with the weight-bearing lower extremity; the gait assumes a two-point or three-point pattern.