Crutches for Seniors: Picking the Right Variant
For lower limb injuries, crutches are always required, because without them you cannot walk for several weeks. And you need to choose the “right” crutches so as to avoid any damage to the joints.
Height is a guarantee of safety and convenience of crutches. Therefore, it is very important to know how to choose the right crutches based on its height. You must take into account not only the height from the tip to the upper roller but also the location of the crossbar for the brush. The height of the crutches to the bed patient is determined by subtracting 40 centimeters from their height.
Most modern models have the ability to fix at different heights. After purchasing the crutches, you want to immediately adjust their height. To do this, lean on reliable support, stand on a healthy foot. Bend your elbows slightly, and ask someone to increase it to the height that is comfortable for you. Tighten the screws. Crutches with push-button locks are more practical, try to select them.
Now there is another type of crutches with a support under the elbow, the so-called “Canadian Crutches”. They can be used in cases where the doctor allows a small load on the leg.
Height. It should reach mid-thigh, if it’s too high or too low, it might not be able to serve its purpose. Since the length of people’s hands is different, try to choose a cane as follows: lower your hand, slightly bend it at the elbow – the handle of the “right” cane will be exactly at the level of your wrist. It is best to choose a cane that is adjustable in height. A pen. The larger the diameter, the better, with its girth, the fingers should not strain and close into a fist. The most ideal of materials is a rubber pad; such a cane will not slip out of your hands. In winter, it is better to use a cane with a sharp spike.
In cases where the patient is finding it very difficult to move independently (after a stroke, with arthrosis, etc.), walkers are used that greatly facilitate walking. Now there are several varieties and models of walkers available in the market. All of them differ in weight, functionality, design, etc. Height and load. The most comfortable walker should allow the user to easily adjust its height. Find out what maximum load they are designed for and try to choose according to your weight. Patient status. During rehabilitation periods, it is recommended to use the walker on four legs. If the patient is finding it difficult to move, then a walker should be used with a support under the elbow. You need to choose a lightweight model on wheels if you can not lift them. Elderly and seriously ill patients are recommended to use the walkers that come with a brake-locking feature on the wheels.
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