There must be something to the fact that forearm crutches are the preferred walking aid among long term crutch users. Or, just ask anyone that has had to endure the use of underarm crutches for more than a couple of weeks, and most will tell of a painful and sometimes debilitating experience. From armpits rubbed raw to major wrist pain and in some cases permanent nerve damage, underarm crutches can at times cause more harm than the original injury. However, underarm crutches are still a common walking aid and for some, may be their only option.
The good news is, forearm crutches are an amazing solution and can prevent the pain, discomfort and injuries caused by underarm crutches. Yes, they can take a bit more time to adapt to and in the case of non-weight bearing applications, are typically best suited for more active individuals. Nevertheless, the pros far outweigh any cons and everyone requiring crutches should experience forearm crutches for themselves.
Ease of use
Prevention of axillary nerve damage or axillary nerve palsy
Provide a more neutral/natural (ergonomic) position of the hand and wrist
Improved agility and walking speed
Easier and safer to ascend and descend stairs
Allows for a variety of walking styles (gaits)
Improved stability over rough or uneven surfaces
Smaller and more compact for travel
Typically lighter in weight
Modern and aesthetically pleasing designs
Does not cause binding or wrinkling of clothing in the armpit
Still need more facts and reasons to use them? Well the next time you see someone on the street using forearm crutches, just ask them and they will most likely explain all the same benefits and more.