Crutches Redesigned for the 21st Century


Crutches have long been a cumbersome device that designers haven’t thought twice about — until now. As you can see in this video from max, crutches have finally been given a much-needed makeover.

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Instead of supporting the body under the armpits and using the wrists to bear down on the crutches, which many users found uncomfortable, the M&D crutches better distribute body weight by using adjustable sleeves that let the forearms do the work.

The structured cuff keeps the elbow supported, which allows the user to let go of the crutches and use their hands without dropping them. These new crutches seem to be a fantastic piece of engineering that will help many patients in the future.

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One comment

  1. Ralph Yaniz says:

    Very interesting and this is why I speak in my column of the need for variety. I was on crutches twice while growing up, for six month periods each time. Something like this might have worked. With my current muscular dystrophy, LGMD2L, it will not. The shoulder and arm strength I’ve lost does better with the arms locked out old style of crutches. In face, chairs with armrests are so difficult and cause pain. I need chairs without arms where I can extend arms to seat level and lift myself. I currently only use a cane. If I ever go to crutches, the old will be better than the new. But for many people this may be fabulous! Remember my saying, variety everywhere. The. You can experiment and find what works best for you.

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