by Mr. Beef
Leg injuries are real and they occur each day. Some of the leg damages and impairments result from serious car accidents or just simple slips and falls. When foot damage is so serious that it spoils your free limb movement, walking crutches becomes necessary. These are special devices designed to assist people with any kind of fracture, joint sprain or any other medical condition. One can make use of the equipment if he or she has hips and waist discomforts too.
These items have a long history and they have been available for over five thousand years. Their appearance and functionality has greatly changed over the years. In the early days, these crutches were simple upright sticks that a victim of foot illness would simply hold onto for support. Now, these items have push buttons for adjusting the lengths. Others have flexible cuffs through which you insert your forearm so that it can grasp the adjustable handgrips.
Even though walking crutches aid continued use of the legs even after a serious or trivial injury, the user needs to be strong. His or her upper body should have enough energy to allow usage of these devices through out the day. In other words, a patient must do what is necessary to sustain his or her strength. Additionally, a crutch user must seek guidance and support from the doctors or other posture experts.
He or she must learn to position the body properly and in many ways to reduce discomfort and exhaustion. Usually, walking gaits are many and different, but they would depend on the body strength and type of disability a person suffers. Some patients can still attempt to walk with crutches even if both of their legs are weak. In this case, they need to adopt the correct style of walking.
It involves putting the left crutch forward, moving the right foot forward, then followed by the right crutch and finally the left foot. One fractured or surgically removed foot would mean that only one foot would support your body weight and this is not safe. You would have to move the weak leg and crutches forward, rest on the stronger leg and then move it forward. Crutches come in various types and they play different roles.
One of the commonly used styles is the forearm crutch, which is essential for people that sustain serious injuries. In other words, they belong to you if your fracture, sprain or joint weakness would last for a long duration. A typical forearm crutch has some cuffs through which you slide your forearm to reach the handgrip. Strutters are other types that enable a patient to support most the body weight comfortably under the arms.
Platform crutches are necessary for patients with serious diseases that affect the joints, bones, or spinal cord, such as cerebral palsy, polio and even arthritis. They rather strap the user’s hands in one position via a grip, but without restricting the hands’ movements. Sometimes, people sustain knee injuries or just below the knee joint. There are special walking crutches that enable the user to avoid pressuring the sick parts.
G. Smitty is a writer who loves to discuss many topics ranging from leg crutches to professional basketball. Thanks for reading!