What are the different types of crutches that exist for seniors?

Crutches provide essential support to people who have any injury below the waist. These include broken bones, muscle injuries, sprains, poor hips or degenerative diseases, some of them very common in older people.

On the other hand, people with disabilities or reduced mobility also use crutches for walking support. The doctors order different types of crutches depending on the extent of each injury, the physical condition of the patient and the type of support they need, so we see below the options currently on the market.

Woman with knee pain next to her crutches

Platform

Platform crutches offer support for the people who cannot bear weight on their wrists. This includes some diseases like arthritis or cerebral palsy. Platform crutches have a padded surface for greater comfort in the upper extremities.

Platform crutch

Forearm

Forearm crutches are ideal for people with weakness in both legs. Some models of this variety have platforms for greater stability and security. Because these crutches provide a partial weight bearing, they are rarely recommended by medical professionals to older people.

Patients use this type of crutches by sliding each arm into the corresponding cuff and holding the grip with their hands. The grips, usually made of metal or plastic, have an opening that allows the forearm to come off if the person falls.

forearm crutches

Leg support

Support crutches for the legs help with disabilities and lower-body injuries single leg. The use of these crutches involves tying the affected limb to a support frame. This transfers the load of the patient’s body weight to the thigh or knee.

Since this variety does not require the use of arms and hands, eliminates some of the complications associated with other types of crutches. Due to their design, patients cannot use leg support crutches if they sustain injuries to the hip, pelvis, or thigh.

Leg crutch