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Types of Crutches

How to Find the Best Mobility Device For You

What is the best traditional crutch alternative?

With so many options, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which mobility device is best for you. We think that when you do the comparisons, iWALK2.0 is the clear winner, but hey, we’re biased. Do you own comparisons, starting with the video below, and decide on the best crutch type for yourself.

What are the Different Types of Crutches?

Almost no one really wants to use traditional crutches, but when you have a foot injury, you may have no choice. The two most common types of crutches are underarm and forearm crutches:

Underarm

This is the traditional type of crutch you’ve seen the most, especially in the US. It has a pad below your armpit and a handle about halfway down the length of the crutch. Underarm crutches can help you balance and almost seem like an extension of your arms.

After using them for some time, however, people often get pain in their wrists, armpits, and hands. The strain on the hands can even create blisters. And you actually need a lot of upper body strength to use them for long. Plus, if you stand still and rest your armpits on the pads, it can injure sensitive nerves there.

Forearm

Forearm crutches are smaller and lighter than underarm crutches, so they’re easier to store and transport than underarm crutches. They each have a handle and a cuff that lightly grips your forearm. Since they don’t reach the armpit area, they can’t cause pain there. But they can still cause blisters on your hands and strain to your wrists.

Alternatives to Crutches

Alternatives to crutches are often larger (except the iWALK2.0). They can be easier to use than crutches, but wheelchairs and knee scooters don’t let you continue your regular activities easily.

Wheelchair

A wheelchair won’t strain your wrists or press on your armpits. It also doesn’t take any balancing or practice to use. Using one by yourself can still take some strength and stamina, though, and it won’t allow you to do certain everyday tasks.

Knee Scooter

Knee scooters don’t strain your hands, which you use to hold onto the handlebars. You might feel unsteady using one, because you have to balance a little, and the wheels can make it feel like it could slide out from under you.

iWALK2.0

This award-winning device can help if you have an injury below your knee. It’s like a crutch alternative for your leg. It grips your upper leg and holds your lower leg comfortably in a bent position. Then, with a small amount of practice, you can walk normally while using your hands to do everyday tasks and even walk on the stairs. The iWALK2.0 is also easy to adjust and store.

A foot injury can disrupt your life. We get it. Crutches, the iWALK2.0, and other devices can give you a lot of your mobility back while you’re healing. But only the iWALK2.0, the ultimate alternative to crutches, lets you walk normally while still using your hands to walk the dog, cook, shop, and work.

Comparison

Need more specific comparisons for alternative types of crutches for non-weight bearing? Click on any of the devices below to see specific comparisons between that device and the iWALK2.0, or scroll down to see a general side by side comparison of what you can do (and can’t do) using the most popular mobility devices.

Mobility device comparison chart

  UNDERARM CRUTCHES FOREARM CRUTCHES KNEE SCOOTER iWALK2.0
NON-WEIGHT BEARING
PAIN FREE
HANDS FREE
FUNCTIONAL DURING REHABILITATION
ABILITY TO BE INDEPENDENT
REDUCED MUSCLE ATROPHY
PARTIAL ELEVATION OF INJURY
REDUCED RECOVERY TIME POTENTIAL
IMPROVED EMOTIONAL WELL BEING
IMPROVED ABILITY TO EXERCISE
iWALKFree Hand Free Crutch

iWALK 2.0 – The Clear Winner

It’s no contest. When it comes to hands free, pain free, functional mobility there is no comparison – the iWALK2.0 outperforms any crutch optiones, knee scooters and every other mobility device, hands down. And hands free!   Learn more about the award winning iWALK2.0»

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