Choosing the right crutches for walking
Crutches are often seen following an injury or surgery to provide some much-needed support when moving around. Depending on your mobility and needs, you may be able to move to just one crutch as you improve. We have both elbow crutches and full-length crutches available to suit your needs. If you feel that you need just one support, we also have a range of walking canes including tripod canes with elbow handles and quadripod canes.
Looking for quality walkers in Ireland? You’ll find plenty to choose from here. These solid frames provide great stability when you need it, with protected feet to prevent slipping. Some also come with wheels at the front, making it easier to move around when you have reduced mobility. Why not buy the full range for your physiotherapy office to suit all requirements?
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What is the rule for using crutches?
If you are using full-length crutches, the crutch should sit around an inch or two below your armpits when you are standing up straight. The handgrips should be at the same level as the tip of your hips. If using elbow crutches, the rest should be just below the elbow with the handles at hip height.
When using crutches which leg goes first?
You should step forward with your stronger leg first, placing your weight on your stronger leg as you bring the weaker leg forward. This will help to reduce strain on the weaker leg while allowing you to put weight on the crutches to support your body.
How do I pick the right walking frame?
Choosing the right walking frame for you can be challenging. Walkers should have a handgrip level with your wrist when you are standing upright with your hands at your sides. For the most comfort and safety when using a walker, you’ll want to have a 15 to 30-degree bend at the elbow.
Are walking frames better with or without wheels?
Whether you opt for a wheeled frame or a wheelless frame will depend on your needs. Walking frames provide greater stability, and many prefer to opt for a frame without wheels. However, if you tire easily, wheelless frames can be more difficult to use.
When do you know it is time for a walking cane?
Knowing when it is time to start using a cane can be difficult, but it is important to listen to your body. If you struggle with joint pain or need to improve your stability when walking, a walking cane might just be the solution that you need.