Properly fitting crutches for a patient are important. However, if the fit is not right, it can lead to pain and discomfort while using them. In this article, we will discuss five ways you can make sure your crutch fits your needs properly so that you can use them without any problems.

5 Tips on Proper Crutch Fitting

  1. If you feel like your arm is in an uncomfortable position, let the PT adjust how far apart they are. It is the best way to detect proper crutch fitting
  2. Be sure to hold onto both hand grips (not just one side). If your crutches do not have rubber tips on the end of each handle, tape tennis balls over them for better grip and stability when walking with crutches.
  3. If the crutches are causing pain or discomfort, ask your PT to adjust them properly.
  4. When walking with crutches, maintain good posture (slightly bend in knees). For example, don’t lean too far forward when using a pair of forearm crutches, and don’t allow your arms to move behind you while using underarm crutches. Doing so can cause injury or muscle spasms along your spine. If you want to avoid such pain and injuries, we highly recommend choosing crutch fitting your measurements. 
  5. Keep in mind that it takes time (and practice) to get used to using a pair of new crutches! Be patient and practice often until they become second nature. There is an art form involved here…don’t give up on wearing just because it doesn’t feel right.

When fitting crutches, stand up straight. Wear the shoes you will normally use to walk around in. If your current shoe size is a half-size or full size over what’s normal for you, be sure to have someone measure both feet so that each foot has its own proper fit. Refer to your PT to know crutch height that is perfect for you. Your PT should check the comfort level of your proposed crutch solution before buying them and making final adjustments upon delivery if necessary. Make all necessary measurements before purchasing any custom equipment as it cannot be returned once made without incurring costs! Don’t rely on guesswork when selecting fittings for your situation – ensure that they are correct first! And finally…if ever unsure about something related to medical device usage (like walking sticks), refer to your doctor to be sure that you are about to choose the perfect match for you as they should know how tall should crutches be

Are you sure that you know how to fit crutches? 

  • Make sure your crutches are the right height for you. Refer to your PT to know how to size crutches. However, you can do it by yourself. Your elbows should be slightly bent and at a 90-degree angle when holding them. If they aren’t, get new ones that fit better or ask someone to help adjust them properly before using them again.
  • Make sure the crutches fit your hands. The top should be even with your armpit, and you can grasp them comfortably without any strain. If they aren’t, get new ones that are or ask someone, who knows how to fit crutches, to help adjust them properly before using them again. 

They can cause nerve pressure in your hands, fingers, and wrists, so it’s important to maintain a good grip on the top of the crutches. If they do rest there or you have numbness or tingling in your hands when using them, check with your healthcare provider for help adjusting them properly before using them again.

Proper crutch height to go up and downstairs

  • Stay balanced by holding on to the handrail and stepping up with your stronger foot first. It is easy if you have proper crutch height. The crutch goes underneath your arms opposite your injured leg, such as under the left arm for a right leg injury. 
  • Step down into the stairwell using both feet evenly until you are standing on that step. You then transfer all weight onto your good leg while simultaneously bringing the bad leg/crutches off the stairs completely before taking another step down.
  • Repeat this process for all steps. 
  • If stairs are impossible to navigate safely, use a wheelchair or scooter instead. 

Don’t place the crutches under your arms until you have both feet firmly on a step and can take the full weight off of them. This is a clue for you if you don’t know how should crutches fit to move easily. If it feels like they will slip out from under you, lean against the handrail for support with one arm while placing your injured leg/crutch onto that same stair before bringing your good leg up as well – do not hop! Don’t forget to bring your good leg up too, even if there is no stair yet in front of it! This ensures safe movement up and down stairs when using crutches. Proper crutch height helps you use your crutches safely and effectively.

Crutches height: the perfect match for you

We have gathered some useful tips that can help you choose the exact crutches height that will cover your needs. Your crutches should be at least as tall as you are. If they’re too short, the top of the crutch will hit your armpit and cause discomfort or pain. Likewise, your hands should fit comfortably around the handgrips–not so loose that your grip slips but not so tight that it feels uncomfortable.  

Three key parts are involved in proper fitting: height adjustment, handgrip length adjustment, and adjustable armrest width. For more information about correct height for crutches, read more articles on our blog! 

Conclusion

The crutches fit if:

  • they are the right height for you, with your elbows slightly bent when holding onto them. If a handle is too low or high, ask if it can be adjusted to fit you better.
  • both crutches feel about the same weight and balance in each hand when they’re turned together sideways (like an upside-down “V”). It helps to have someone else hold one of the crutches while you try this out. You should not feel any strain on either side of your body from turning the crutches this way and that until they are level across your chest. In this way, you can detect that you have fitting crutches
  • your armpits fit the top of each crutch. If you have to change how you hold your arms or bend at all to make them fit, they are probably too high up on your body and should be lowered slightly.
  • when holding onto both handles with one hand (like making a fist), there is enough room for only about three fingers between the grip and elbow joint. It helps you keep your elbow straight and not bend it too much.
  • when holding onto both handles with one hand (like making a fist), crutch fitting along each side of your body beneath armpit height. If they are sitting on top of your underarms, this is too high for comfort or balance during standing and walking.