The axillary crutch has been in use almost as long as the cane. This traditional crutch (also known as the underarm crutch) is the simplest and most common walking aid both for people with temporary limited mobility due to injury, as well as people with long term mobility issues. Modern forearm crutches are the next most popular crutch design. Pediatric and bariatric crutches are available to meet the smaller or greater size needs of patients.
The forearm crutch is a popular mobility aid that in essence functions like a matched pair of canes. Often associated with a permanent disability, forearm crutches are now recommended by many physicians for many patients with short term walking impairments.
The traditional underarm crutch is still the most utilized walking aid for those with a temporary lower limb injury or other short term mobility issue. Properly termed an 'axillary crutch,' the underarm crutch is often the best choice when the patient is unable to put any weight on an injured leg due to recent fracture or severe sprain.
Living Motion also offers lightweight pediatric crutches for children, as well as heavy-duty bariatric crutches. Built of heavier material than the standard underarm crutches, a pair of bariatric crutches will support as much as 1000 lb. of user weight.
Almost all modern crutches are height adjustable within a certain range. The proper forearm or axillary crutch depends on the height of the user and should fit correctly to be of value. When selecting one of these walking aids, please refer to their specifications for the user height and adjustment range.