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How to Choose the Right Crutches for Your Needs

No matter why you need to use crutches, you have to be careful to choose the ones that suit your needs best. Whether you’re recovering from surgery, walking with a cast, or struggling with some chronic illness, this advice will help you choose the best walking devices for your needs. Once you know how to choose them, you can buy them from cheaper medical supply companies rather than going to a specialty store or hospital store. This can save you a bundle while still getting you the walking devices you need.

The most important thing to think about when choosing crutches is the height. While some are customizable, many are stationary and you have to use them at a set height. Before you buy, make sure you’re getting a set of walking devices that’s the perfect height for you. Ideally, you should hold the hand grip with your elbow at about a twenty degree angle and your hand resting near your hip. Also, you should be able to extend your elbow fully each time you take a step. You may need to talk to a surgeon or orthopedic doctor to figure out what you need when choosing these devices. (more…)