Crutches

 

Crutch Stand

An 80 y.o. woman has severe arthritis of her right hip, and is awaiting a replacement. She needs two crutches in the meantime. A stand for the crutches was made from 6 mm MDF – a base plate, three vertical members, and two horizontal plates. The verticals are glued into 6 mm slots routed into the base plate. The lower horizontal is glued into a slot in the base plate, and has 3mm deep slots at the ends and in the middle to match up with the verticals. The upper horizontal has similar slots, and is glued in place. The stand has been in use for a week, and has proven to be stable.

crutch for shortened forearm

Our client had a (congenital) shortened left forearm (without hand) and required a walking aid for use with her left arm to relieve pain in her right hip whilst waiting for a joint replacement . After experimenting with fitting a “socket” to a rollator and then a gutter arm crutch, a modified elbow crutch was found to be best -improving her mobility and relieving the pressure on her right hip and consequently her pain. In due course this device would also be essential in her post-op rehabilitation when she would require the use of two crutches.

Walking stick – Fischer handle

The client had learning difficulties and is paralysed in his left hand and foot. He needed his Tetrapod walking stick handle changing to a ‘Fischer Handle’. The existing walking stick handle was removed by drilling out a rivet. The second stick with the Fischer handle on it was cut at 100mm below the handle. Both […]

Walking poles

The client enjoys an outdoor lifestyle. Problems with her ankle mean she needs to use walking poles when walking on rough ground. She has difficulty holding these due to weak, unstable wrists. The poles supplied by the hospital are too heavy and cumbersome to use for long periods and she wanted poles that did not […]

Marathon crutches

A London marathon entrant broke his ankle but was determined to carry on, using crutches but “running” on crutches poses problems: 1. Crutches hit road at an acute angle, so often skids. 2. Cause rapid wear to rubber tips. 3. Severe impacts are transmitted to upper limb joints causing multiple injuries. 4. Standard crutches rapidly […]

Low height walking frame and crutches

Small client needed a reduced width walking frame and shorter crutches. The shortest crutches (child’s) commercially available are too long in the portion from the handgrip to the upper arm support. Walking frame reduced in width by 75mm and upper arm portion of the crutches reduced in length by 50mm to meet the client’s needs. […]

Folding crutches

The client likes to ride pillion on her husband’s motorcycle, but cannot dismount without her crutches. The requirement was for folding crutches that can be carried in a back pack. An old pair of aluminium elbow crutches was cut and fitted with box hinges from aluminium rod with carbon fibre tongues, arranged to fold in […]

Balancing aid for bowler

Assisting with balancing on the bowling green was needed after a double hip replacement. Walking sticks were fitted with large padded ends for walking between ends. A further set of sticks were fitted with a curved tubular prop with padded end and spade handle for the actual bowling. The resumption of active participation in a […]