Getting injured is a traumatic and stressful experience. Having your doctor tell you that you have to rely on crutches to get around for an extended time can be daunting, especially if you don’t have any experience using them. You might have seen a friend or relative using them and thought to yourself how uncomfortable they look, but they don’t have to be. There are a number of different types of crutches and accessories available to make your recovery period as comfortable as possible.
Find a Set of Crutches to Fit Your Height
If you are given a set of crutches that don’t fit your height, they can be very uncomfortable. Your crutches should have a liberal amount of space between the top of the crutch and your underarms. Using crutches that are too tall for you results in the top of the crutch burrowing into your armpit with every stride, which causes significant discomfort. If you don’t remedy this you can cause further injury to yourself. Crutches come in a variety of types and sizes, so choose one that’s right for you to avoid this kind of pain.
Padding Your Crutches
Gripping the handles of your crutches can put pressure on your hands and arms. Consider investing in a set of crutch grips. These will pad the hard metal of your crutches and alleviate some of the pressure. They are sometimes advertised as crutch pads or crutch pillows. They come in a variety of colors and prints, so you can customize your crutch to match your own individual style. Crutch padding can also protect you from contracting any germs leftover from the previous owner.
Adding Support to Your Crutches
Invest in a pair of quality crutch tips. Most crutches come equipped with these already, but they aren’t ideal for using your crutches outside in the rain or on sleek surfaces. There are tips that are designed specifically for this purpose. You might have to spend a little more, but they’ll pay off in the long run because of the extra support and traction they provide. There are also tips designed specifically for walking on ice and snow, but these are a little harder to come by and are usually only sold seasonally.
Decking Out Your Crutches
The one part of shopping for crutches and accessories that you might consider fun is the opportunity to add some fun extras to your shopping list. There are bags called Crutch Cuddies that are designed to attach to your crutch that don’t get in the way while you’re walking. They come in different sizes based on what kind of stuff you’re looking to carry. There are also cup-holders designed to attach to your crutches. These items can be found in many drugstores, but you might have to shop around a little first since some stores only sell the basic crutch accessories.