Crutches & Crutch Accessories
Essential Aids offers a wide variety of high-quality crutches. Our products range from standard elbow crutches to 'Axilla' under-arm models. Many of our elbow crutches are available with comfy, ergonomic handles which spread the user's weight evenly through the hands. The crutches for sale here are available in pairs unless otherwise stated. We also supply children's crutches. Crutches reduce the stress on injured part of the body while enabling the user to retain mobility without needing a wheelchair. Essential Aids also supplies a range of crutch accessories.
Essential Aids offers a wide variety of high-quality crutches. Our products range from standard elbow crutches to 'Axilla' under-arm models. Many of our elbow crutches are available with comfy, ergonomic handles which spread
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- Vat ExemptThese double adjustable versions of the Elbow Crutches are sold as a pair.
- Vat ExemptThese multi-adjusting elbow crutches have soft-touch comfortable grips - sold as a pair.
- Vat ExemptWith patented handles which spread weight for comfort - sold as a pair.
- Vat ExemptFeaturing patented adjustable handles for precise sizing - sold as a pair.
- Vat ExemptA high quality, aluminium crutch that is designed for long-term use.
- Vat ExemptThis is a pair of highly quality crutches which offer exceptional value for money.
- Vat ExemptKids' crutches made from strong yet lightweight aluminium - sold as a pair.
- Vat ExemptA pack of rubber ferrules for use with walking aids and furniture legs.
- Vat ExemptA pack of hard and durable rubber ferrules.
- Vat ExemptFeature contoured grips which spread pressure evenly, greatly improving user comfort.
- Vat ExemptThis pair of hand pads for crutches prevents the handles digging into the user's hands.
- Vat ExemptFeaturing pivoting closed cuffs, these elbow crutches are practical and stylish.
- Vat ExemptThis cleverly designed walking stick ferrule increases the ground contact area, improving its grip.
- Vat ExemptThese crutches are available in a number of colours and now come with Pivoflex ferrules.
- Vat ExemptModern, colourful crutches with adjustable length and matching forearm rests.
- Vat ExemptThese crutches are height adjustable, practical and have road handholds for extra comfort.
- Vat ExemptThe Advance Fashion crutches have a choice of coloured shafts.
- Vat ExemptThese attractive crutches have bright shafts which are available in several colours.
- Vat ExemptFeaturing special broad handgrips which are more comfortable than those on regular crutches.
- Vat ExemptLarge shopping or carry bag with two additional pockets and waterproof storage, ideal for use with crutches or walking sticks.
- Vat ExemptDurable support for larger people who require some assistance while weight bearing. With ergonomic handle.
- Vat ExemptThis rigid pocket for crutches lets you carry small objects while keeping your hands free to use the crutch handles.
- Vat ExemptThese crutches are a colourful alternative to the standard grey.
- Vat ExemptBoth shafts of these crutches are length adjustable so they can be set to the most comfortable configuration.
- Vat ExemptA colourful and lightweight pair of crutches in a range of colours.
- Vat ExemptSpecially designed crutches which allow the user to rest their body weight on the forearm troughs.
- Vat ExemptA pair of lightweight aluminium underarm crutches.
- Vat ExemptThese crutches are adjustable, enabling a perfect fit for all users.
- Vat ExemptA pair of aluminium crutches with ergonomic handles.
- Vat ExemptA pair of well designed crutches that assist children that require walking support.
Crutches provide a useful mobility aid which transfers weight away from the legs and towards the shoulders, arms, back and hands.
They are typically used by people with injury or disability who are unable to bear weight through their legs and feet.
Many use crutches after operations on the lower body, giving the body a chance to heal without channeling too much stress through the legs, feet or hips.
Crutches make it possible for someone to remain mobile without assistance, even without full use of the lower body.
As healing from injury progresses, using crutches to a gradually lesser extent may help someone move steadily towards unaided mobility.
If an individual is permanently disabiled or chronically impaired, crutches may allow them to remain mobile when the use of a wheelchair is impractical.
Most modern crutches are made of aluminium, with plastic handles. This makes them both lightweight and rigid.
Almost all versions are adjustable, so they can be easily set to suit the individual’s height and build.
Forearm crutches - this design allows the user’s weight to be channeled through the forearms and shoulders. Forearm crutches have a ‘cuff’ on the upper section, which wraps partially around the arm, and horizontal handles at around waist height. There are versions of forearm crutches which have ‘open’ cuffs. These do not fully wrap around the arm and won’t prevent the crutches falling, should the user let go of the handgrip.
Axillary or ‘Axilla’ crutches - these are the more traditional Y-shaped design, with a horizontal pad which fits under the armpit and a lower padded handle for the hands.
Arthritic crutches (sometimes called ‘trough crutches’) - this style of crutch features horizontal troughs on which the user’s forearms rest. They are designed for people whose hand-strength may not be adequate for conventional crutches.
Permanent user crutches - these crutches typically don’t have the multiple adjustment components, but have a main shaft which is cut to size with a hacksaw. Many people find this design reduces squeaks and clicks, making the crutches more suitable for long term use.
The rubber ends of the crutches which fit at the bottom of the crutches are called ferrules.
Made of rubber or soft plastic, these create a high friction surface, meaning the crutches won’t easily slip.
Standard grips tend to be fairly narrow and ideal for those with smaller hands.
Ergonomic grips have a contoured surface, spreading the user’s weight more evenly. These are often favoured by people with larger hands.
Crutch accessories like hand pads can make a big difference to the comfort of your crutches.
Coloured crutches are also available, ideal for people looking for something more exciting than the standard-issue grey.