There are several types of common crutches nowadays. Although these days it’s easy to find thousands of models in the store or on the internet, there are a couple of specific types of crutches which are generally the basics the most innovative and the standard crutches manufacturers use for their projects.
Alongside with the forearm and elbow crutches, the axillary crutches seem to be some of the most popular models today. Also known by the name of underarm crutches, the axillary crutches, just like any other type of crutches, should be properly chosen – individually by the patient and according to his or her own measurements.
Speaking of which, that’s actually going to be the topic of our today material – how to do proper axillary crutches measurement.
Though, before giving you the top easy and convenient to be used guide about this task, let’s say a couple of things about axillary crutches. Ensure that’s your type of crutches as if using the measurement guide for other kinds of walking is not recommended.
Axillary crutches are in most cases produced of wood and they come with an axillary pad, a handpiece, and a rubber ferrule. The position of the hand and the total length are generally and commonly adjustable.
The axillary pad should rest against the chest wall approximately 5 cm below the apex of the axilla and the hand grip should be adjusted to allow the elbow to be slightly flexed when weight is not being taken.
When using axillary crutches, the entire body weight is transmitted down the arm to the handpiece. The elbow is extended. Weight should not be taken through the axillary pad as this could lead to a neuropraxia of the radial nerve or brachial plexus.
Tips and Guides
Now, let’s go directly to the tips and guides you should have in mind when doing proper axillary crutches measurement. Please, don’t forget that this material is only informative and any purchase of a walking aid should be strictly conducted with a medical expert like your personal therapist or GP at least.
About axillary crutches measurement in length
1. In a lying position
As a matter of fact, most doctors will probably recommend you to use only this body posture when taking a measurement for axillary crutches.
You can take the measurements in both cases: with shoes on or off. In case you prefer to take your shoes off, then, the measurement is with the help of inch tape from the apex of axilla till the lower margin of the medial malleolus.
Otherwise, if you go for a faster measurement and you remain in your shoes, you should keep in mind 5cm vertically down from the apex of axilla till 20 cm lateral to the heel of the shoes.
Last, but not least, keep in mind that there’s also an important measurement of the length from the axillary pad to the hand grip. Be aware that the elbow is flexed 15 degrees. When adjusting it, continue with marking a point 5 cm below the apex of axilla and measure till the following styloid process.
2. In a standing position
Although we have already mentioned you that medical experts claim measurement of axillary crutches should be better done in a lying position, if doing it properly you can perform the process in the same successful way in a standing position, too.
Indeed and especially in a rush, the proper axillary crutches measurement is possible when standing. Though, there are some specifications you should on mandatory keep in mind.
And we are here to inform you about them in order to ensure you are not just going to choose the most suitable for your type of crutches, but you will also measure it the right way.
When it comes to doing proper axillary crutches measurement in a standing position, please be aware that it’s very necessary to have 2 inches below the axilla to a point 2 inches lateral and 6 inches anterior to the foot.
Ok, this might sound a bit difficult to remember, but trust us, even if you don’t succeed in learning it by heart or you forget to write it down somewhere and bring the notice with you to the store, you can always turn to the shop assistant.
When it comes to professional walking aid stores and e-stores, you will be fully serviced in the best way, including when taking measurements and the way you can do that is needed.
There’s something else you should know about the proper axillary crutches measurement when standing. You should definitely keep your shoulder relaxed, and, on the other side, the handpiece should be adjusted to provide 20-30 degrees of elbow flexion.
In all cases, relaxed posture – whether if lying, or standing – is a must! Any tense can prevent the right and correct measurement taking.
And you know very well that when it’s about choosing the right walking aid, including crutches, the fine adjustment is the top rule for the fine, fast and easy to be experienced recovery after a trauma or some sort of intervention.
Below you will get some more tips when it comes to doing proper axial crutches measurement. They do refer to both situations – standing and lying:
· It’s always better to have not a single, but two people around you for some assistance. It’s a top tip when it comes to the early stage of your recovery and moving is still hard or even pain is still hurting you regardless of the pain killers.
· There’s a trick that can help you get a slight idea of your measurements in standing position. Make the measurements on a person who’s of the same height and weight you are. Then, to fix the right measurements lie down and adjust the measurements from the standing position.
· Always buy crutches, including axillary crutches from an authorized seller. Such a producer or distributor will not only help you with the measurements but will also give you guarantee that in case of no correct adjustment, your pair of crutches will be replaced with the right one.
· If this is possible, ask for some help while you are in the hospital. When you are there served by a whole team of medical specialists life after the intervention seems quite simple.
However, once you get back home you will understand the level of difficulty you are about to experience during your recovery. While lying, though, no nurse will refuse to help you to get the proper axillary crutches measurement for you.
We hope we have been helpful enough to provide you the basic information regarding the axillary crutches measurements. If you have any other questions or additional need of assistance, feel free to contact us as soon as possible.
We are always happy to give you the help you need, as well as to know that we are able to make your rehabilitation or long-lasting trauma recovery more bearable and pleasant. So, don’t hesitate, but reach us regarding any question lined to the common and popular axillary crutches.