Our Forearm Crutches provide all the necessary support needed to facilitate standing or walking for your child. We offer three vibrant color selections for your child to choose from: Wizard Purple, Knight Blue and Castle Red.
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LOSFSTRAND CRUTCHES / ARM CRUTCHES
Forearm crutches are an effective long term crutch solution for many. These go by many different names, but whether you refer to them as lofstrand crutches, arm crutches, or Canadian crutches, or even elbow crutches, these crutches share a purpose: They are designed to help promote support and stability in order to help users with mobility. AvaCare Medical has some of the best forearm crutches available, from companies such as Graham Field, Drive Medical, and Medline!
What Are Forearm Crutches?
Lofstrand crutches are made differently than typical (axillary) crutches. Rather than having a support positioning under the user’s armpit, forearm canes find their support in the forearm in order to distribute the weight more evenly throughout the arms instead of just from the wrist alone. They’re excellent in helping users suffering from long-lasting musculoskeletal problems (such as muscular dystrophy, polio, or arthritis), and in fact, they were invented in the 1950s by Thomas Fetterman, a polio survivor. He created this version by modifying the original A.R. Lofstrand adjustable crutch to improve his own mobility. Since then, his invention has become quite popular, and is now made in different styles and from different materials.
Benefits of Forearm Crutches
Forearm canes offer a lot more benefits than axillary crutches when it comes to long-term or chronic injuries. While some people would rather have the familiarity that underarm crutches offer, there are many reasons to consider purchasing wrist crutches instead. Some of the benefits of cuff crutches are:
Posture Relief and Correction
Many users of crutches have to lean forward while using them, which is something of a given. With underarm (or axillary) crutches, many users hunch over and end up bending their spine, which can lead to discomfort and poor posture. Using forearm crutches (such as our black forearm crutches) can help the user to improve posture because, even when leaning forward, many users can keep their spine straighter. By keeping the spine straight even while leaning forward, there is reduced strain on the body’s core overall, and lower impact to the spine and legs.
Axillary Nerve Safety
Underarm crutches are often uncomfortable for many users, even if used correctly. Part of this is due to the pressure on the axillary nerves that the top pad puts on the user’s arms. By walking with forearm crutches, a user can reduce the pressure on the axillary nerve and possibly avoid nerve damage that has been known to happen at times with underarm crutches. Read more