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Forearm Crutches / Axillary Crutches

Whether you’re looking for the more common forearm crutches or axillary crutches, we have your needs covered. From adult crutches to heavy duty crutches, you will find your ideal mobility aid at AvaCare Medical. Read More...

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When choosing the ideal crutches you need, you will first need to determine whether you need axillary crutches or Loftstrand Crutches, as defined below. You can also choose the color of the crutches to suit your individual taste preferences.


Axillary Crutches

Axillary crutches are underarm crutches used to support a patient when one leg is almost entirely non-weight bearing. These crutches are commonly used for short-term purposes such as injuries and post-op weaknesses and are height adjustable. Before using axillary crutches, it is important to adjust the crutches to the appropriate height to prevent nerve damage and provide proper support. In order to ensure accurate adjustments, follow these simple steps:

  1. Weight Capacity: Select a pair of crutches that is appropriate to the weight of the patient. Most crutches provide a weight capacity of 175 to 650 pounds.
  2. Crutch Height:The overall crutch height is correct when the top of the crutch is two to three inches below the armpit. When standing straight, the crutch cushion should not be touching the armpit.
  3. Hand Grip Height:The hand grip can also be adjusted for proper usage. The ideal hand grip height is at the height of the crease of the wrist when the arms are at the side with a natural bend at the elbow.

Forearm Crutches

Forearm crutches (also known as Lofstrand Crutches, Canadian crutches or elbow crutches) are for weight bearing patients and are intended for long-term use. Forearm crutches allow for more freedom, since the hands are free.

Like axillary crutches, Lofstrand Crutches are also height adjustable for a customized fit.

 

When placing your order, keep in mind that all orders over $50 qualify for free shipping – and we always ship same day! If you need help choosing the best product for your needs, contact us – that’s what we’re here for!