Studies have shown that your wrist receives from one to more than three times your body weight during the swing phase of walking with crutches — a load the upper body was not designed to sustain. Whether you use crutches for short-term rehabilitation, or a long-term recovery plan is ahead of you, there’s no need either to panic, or to consider it’s the end of your life. As a matter of fact, your mobility can be enhanced with crutches as you follow our specially tailored pack of some useful tips for being on crutches. Well, let’s get started and list them all!
Height of the Crutches
The better the height the better the posture. Crutches come in different sizes depending upon the requirement and better stability. Being one of the most important factors that one needs to consider, checking the height of the crutches ensure that there’s no difficulty in future.
The top of crutches must be between 1.5 inches to 2 inches below the armpits when standing straight and handles at the height of the hip so that the elbows can bend while holding it.
Padding and Grips
It is often seen that patients put the whole weight on to the crutches rising to severe pain on the armpits. To avoid pain, proper cushioning and padding must be present on the armpit for comfortable walking. Towels or clothes can be used for this purpose.
Grips have contact with the surface. It needs to be in fair condition all the time to avoid fall. It should have a wide surface contact to prevent slipping. You should stand upright while standing for a better posture while holding crutches.
Grippings and paddings need to be replaced once they wear out. These are easily available at medical stores.
Walking with Crutches
It is important to use your crutches wisely to prevent accidents. Always take a small distance to cover and use both the crutches. While doing so, always use your strong leg first and then bring your crutches up one in each arm. Now, apply weight on the strong leg and bring the weak leg forward. Make sure to keep the elbows straight to balance the body.
When going up the stairs on crutches, always move forward with your strong leg and keep the crutches on the same place only. Push down on your crutches to move forward and then pull your weaker leg. Once both feet are at the same step, you can bring your crutches up to that step.
Keep your crutches down on the next step and then use your weaker leg to step down first. Crutches support the weak leg followed by the strong leg. Always keep your crutches in the middle and away from the end and check your balance before moving forward.
Walking on Terrains
Walking on terrains with crutches is a big game because of the nature of the surface.It is important to have a good grip and balance while walking down these terrains.Grips having maximum surface area should be chosen that will enable better stability.
Flexmo crutches can be used in reverse while going downhill that makes users less susceptible to losing grip.
Walking on Slippery Surfaces
Slipping is not considered a problem in wet roads if crutches have good grips or anti-slip properties To avoid this, a base with a wide grip helps. It is also important to stand and put your crutches properly on the ground. Flexmo crutches are embedded with assistive tip technology that is inspired by the human foot. The reverse C-shape flexible alloy tip/toe at the bottom of the Flexmo crutch allows perceiving resilience to make the user, comfortable in a rough, hard and uneven surface and also gives an invisible backward push to swift, firm and fast movement on the road. Be it wet surfaces or snow, rocks or mud, experience pain-free, and easy mobility with Flexmo.