Forearm Crutches

Forearm Crutches (aka Elbow Crutches)

A "crutch" is simply a medical device that helps someone get from one space to another. Crutches can be either short term use (most likely for an injury or surgery) or for a long term disability. In either case it's important to chose carefully, but it is more critical to chose wisely when using crutches long term.


Although underarm crutches are still very common, they are often used incorrectly. When used properly they rest under the armpit and transfer the weight mainly to the hands. This requires strength in the hands and can cause discomfort where the upper crutch rests below the underarms. Increasingly long term crutch users are preferring forearm crutches.  In fact, outside of North America, Forearm Crutches (also known as Elbow Crutches or Canadian Crutches) are the most popular form of crutches. There is a unique design to forearm crutches in that a cuff wraps around the forearm (or elbow or wrist) for increased stability and support. Rather than distributing the weigh to the underarms and hands as in traditional crutches, forearm crutches distribute weight to the arms.

Forearm crutches are also shorter than traditional crutches, making them generally easier to transport. The benefit of forearm crutches are improved comfort, easier to use, improved walking speed, less risk of nerve damage, improved stability on uneven surfaces and easier to walk down stairs.


ProBasics Aluminum Crutches


ProBasics Aluminum Crutches The ProBasics Aluminum Crutches are sturdy lightweight anodized aluminum crutches with push-button height adjustment. Aluminum Crutches Features Reinforced one-piece center tube provides additional strength to weight-bearing...

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Drive Medical

Drive Medical Steel Forearm Crutches

$99.95 $79.95

Drive Medical Steel Forearm Crutches Drive Medical Crutches Leg and forearm sections adjust independently for optimal sizing. Ergonomic Crutches Features/Benefits Vinyl-coated, ergonomically contoured arm cuffs molded for comfort and...

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Hugo Mobility

Hugo Comfort Max Crutch Tips, Large -Pair

$6.71 $4.43

Hugo Comfort Max Crutch Tips, Large -Pair The Hugo Crutch Tips broad base and a suction grip are designed to better absorb shocks and pressure Max Crutch Tips Features/Benefits Feature metal inserts to protect against wear Packed in our new easy to...

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