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Cane and crutches offer support when you're injured or have problems bearing weight on a limb due to weakness or after surgery. Crutches give you added stability and help you get around safely. Bariatric crutches are designed for larger people who need added support. Made of heavy-duty materials like steel, bariatric crutches can support weights as high as 500 pounds safely. They come in a variety of styles including axillary crutches that go under the arms and forearm crutches.
There are two main types of crutches - axillary, or underarm crutches, and forearm crutches. Axillary crutches are placed under your arms while forearm crutches have an attached cuff that fits around your forearm. To use bariatric forearm crutches you simply place your arms into the cuff and hold onto the attached grips.
There are advantages and disadvantages to using bariatric forearm crutches. They provide less trunk support when you walk than axillary crutches that rest under your arms. On the other hand, axillary crutches can irritate the nerves in your underarm area due to the pressure the arm pads place on them. Axillary crutches are usually easier to use initially while forearm crutches have more of a learning curve. Which type of crutch is right for you? Your doctor can give you guidance.
Bariatric steel crutches that rest under your arms are made of one of the strongest materials available - heavy-duty steel. These crutches offer support for people up to 500 pounds without sacrificing comfort. The contoured arm pad is molded to fit comfortably and securely under your arms when you use them. The length can be adjusted to accommodate heights between 5'2" and 5'10" with the push of a button.
Taller adults can take advantage of the comfort and stability offered by bariatric heavy duty walking crutches designed for taller people. They're made for folks between 5'10" and 6'6" in height. The reinforced steel structure of each crutch ensures maximum support and stability while extra-thick pads gently cushion under the arms. These crutches can accommodate up to 600 pounds of weight safely.
Heavy-duty bariatric steel forearm crutches with arm cuffs are available. These crutches can be easily adjusted for maximal comfort and stability. The arm cuffs are vinyl coated and come with comfortable and ergonomically-friendly hand grips. These well-constructed steel crutches can accommodate a wide range of heights from 5'2" to 6'0" and can support up to 500 pounds of weight.
Also available are forearm crutches with soft anatomic handles for forearms and hands. These sturdy crutches can be adjusted in length to conform to your height and build. They offer maximum support and comfort when using them. You can choose forearm crutches with open or closed cuffs and with hinges to increase mobility.
Using crutches, especially forearm crutches, requires a little practice initially. After learning to use them, you'll appreciate the additional support and stability they offer. If you have questions about which types of crutches are right for you, talk to your doctor or health care provider.
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