Everyday people walk around with crutches that are too short or too tall, both of which can cause problems.
The biggest difficulty people have with crutches is that they don’t adjust them properly and don’t use them properly. With correct adjustment, usage and a little determination, your crutches will become your best friend.
The overall height of Elbow Crutches can be adjusted. This is measured by lining up the handgrips with the wrist bone. Some Elbow Crutches also have an adjustment for the elbow cuff, which should cradle the forearm just below the elbow joint so that movement of the elbow is not impeded.
All Crutches should be custom fitted properly, but why is this so important?
Properly fitted crutches can decrease pain in wrists and hands.
It helps to reduce back and neck pain from poor standing posture.
Fitting crutches correctly can minimize fatigue of your ‘good’ leg.
Avoid potential accidents of falls.
To adjust the overall height of a crutch;
Stand upright, with your shoulders relaxed and your arms hanging loosely at your sides.
The height of the handgrips should be at the crease of your wrists when your arm is extended.
To adjust the height either, depress the spring buttons or remove the clip on the shaft of the crutch and lengthen or shorten the extension to achieve the correct height. Ensure the spring button or the clip is fully engaged in the adjustment holes.
To adjust the cuff to handle adjustment;
The cuff should be adjusted to 1-2 inches below the bend of the elbow.
To adjust the cuff height, depress the spring button on the section between the crutch handle and the cuff, and lengthen or shorten the extension to achieve the proper sizing. Ensure the spring button is fully engaged in the adjustment hole.
Ultimately crutches will take a little time to get used to, both in use and learning how to fit them.