If you're on crutches, there's a good chance that one of your legs or feet is non-operational; however, in addition to this initial injury, many people find themselves injured from the very vehicle meant to help them live their life semi-normally: their crutches. So if you're looking for ways to avoid pain and bruising from your crutches, then here's what you need to know.
Your crutches should be fit to you properly, not just pulled up to your height and left there. When standing tall, make sure that the top of the pad of the crutches is sitting a handspan (horizontally, not vertically) below your armpit; this height prevents inflammation and irritation of the muscles around the crutch, while ensuring that they're tall enough to give you balance.
The handles are the other portion of the crutches to be adjusted. Once again standing upright, look down to find where the bony part of your wrist juts out on the outside of your arm, and line the handle up with that point. This height gives you leverage without causing stress to your neck and shoulders.
Avoid the Armpit
Armpits are the weakest spot on the body when it comes to tickling — and that should clue you in about how good they are when it comes to supporting your weight. The pads on top of the crutches are there to keep them properly lined up with you — not for you to put your body weight on, walking or standing.
To avoid fatigue and soreness (not to mention wicked bruising) around your armpit, make sure you're not leaning on it when you're standing around, and ensure that the pad of the crutch isn't lifting you by the armpit when you're walking. Ensuring your armpits stay empty throughout the duration of your stay on crutches will help you avoid the pain and bruises that can come with using them incorrectly.
A common complaint from dealing with crutches is back problems, and it's no wonder; holding all that tension while stooping forward would make anyone's back ache with strain and effort. Luckily, there are a few back exercises that will have you right as rain in no time. Begin by laying out on the ground, spine and neck straight, and breathing in deeply for 30-second intervals, letting your body (especially your back and shoulders) relax.
Depending on the type of cast or brace your leg is in, try one of the following: crunches (with your legs either out on the floor or propped on a chair), swan dives (lying out on your stomach and raising your upper body without the help of your hands), or shoulder blade squeezes (sitting without chair-arms around you, pull your shoulder blades towards each other and hold for 5-10 seconds).
Contact a company, like Clinic of Distinctive Therapy, for more help.