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Canes and Crutches

Walking aids such as canes and crutches enable people who have limb weakness due to age, disability, or injury to move around independently. The user can walk without the worry of falling because of the support provided by these walking aids. Canes and crutches can help you keep your weight off a damaged or weak leg, improve your balance, and make going about your daily tasks safer. At RehabPulse, we have a wide range of canes and crutches to choose from. If you need help deciding, read the helpful information below, or call our experts at 1-877-234-2018. 

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Canes and Crutches

McKesson Offset Quad Cane, 30 - 39 in., Chrome, 300 lbs. Capacity, Steel

McKesson Offset Quad Cane, 30 - 39 in., Chrome, 300 lbs. Capacity, Steel

ALUMINUM CRUTCHES

ALUMINUM CRUTCHES

Drive Knock Down Universal Aluminum Crutches

Drive Knock Down Universal Aluminum Crutches

Drive Crutch Hand Grips

Drive Crutch Hand Grips

Drive Walking Crutches with Underarm Pad and Handgrip, Adult, 1 Pair

Drive Walking Crutches with Underarm Pad and Handgrip, Adult, 1 Pair

Drive Medical Walking Crutches with Underarm Pad and Handgrip (Youth to Adult Sizes)

Drive Medical Walking Crutches with Underarm Pad and Handgrip (Youth to Adult Sizes)

Drive Walking Crutches with Underarm Pad and Handgrip, Tall Adult, 1 Pair

Drive Walking Crutches with Underarm Pad and Handgrip, Tall Adult, 1 Pair

Drive Walking Crutches with Underarm Pad and Handgrip

Drive Walking Crutches with Underarm Pad and Handgrip

Drive Bariatric Heavy Duty Walking Crutches

Drive Bariatric Heavy Duty Walking Crutches

Drive Bariatric Heavy Duty Walking Crutches

Drive Bariatric Heavy Duty Walking Crutches

Drive Lightweight Walking Forearm Crutches

Drive Lightweight Walking Forearm Crutches

Compass Soft Grip Derby Cane

Compass Soft Grip Derby Cane

Compass Designer Offset Cane

Compass Designer Offset Cane

Compass Designer Derby Cane - Blue

Compass Designer Derby Cane - Blue

Compass Cane Hiking Metal

Compass Cane Hiking Metal

Compass Soft Grip Derby Cane

Compass Soft Grip Derby Cane

Compass Designer Folding Cane - Red

Compass Designer Folding Cane - Red

Compass Soft Grip Folding Cane - Black

Compass Soft Grip Folding Cane - Black

Compass Offset Designer Cane - Bahama

Compass Offset Designer Cane - Bahama

Compass Ergo Offset Cane

Compass Ergo Offset Cane

Compass Small Base Offset Quad Cane Silver

Compass Small Base Offset Quad Cane Silver

Compass Large Base Offset Quad Cane - Silver

Compass Large Base Offset Quad Cane - Silver

Compass Designer Quad Cane - Black 300 lb. Capacity

Compass Designer Quad Cane - Black 300 lb. Capacity

Drive Pediatric Forearm Crutches, Pair

Drive Pediatric Forearm Crutches, Pair

Compass Folding Crutch

Compass Folding Crutch

Dynarex Aluminum Crutches

Dynarex Aluminum Crutches

Dynarex Forearm Crutches

Dynarex Forearm Crutches

Dynarex T-Handle Folding Cane

Dynarex T-Handle Folding Cane

Dynarex Bariatric Quad Cane - Large Base-Heavy Duty, Bariatric

Dynarex Bariatric Quad Cane - Large Base-Heavy Duty, Bariatric

Dynarex Offset Bariatric Cane

Dynarex Offset Bariatric Cane

U-Step Laser Cane

U-Step Laser Cane

Canes and Crutches

Canes and crutches are frequently recommended by Medical practitioners to people with mobility or balance concerns to help them move more confidently and steadily. Depending on the illness or injury of the person, these aids can be used long-term or short-term.

Canes and crutches facilitate walking by transferring weight from the lower to the upper body for better balance and to relieve pressure from one or both legs, depending on the situation.

Canes take less weight off the lower body than crutches, and while crutches distribute the weight more equally across the upper body, a cane places significant pressure on the hand and wrist in which it is held, hence it is more typically employed for general stability rather than forward propulsion.

Canes

Canes are a form of medical aid that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and is designed to assist people with sight impairments or physical mobility constraints in their daily activities.

Mobility issues include impaired balance when walking or standing, as well as reduced lower body strength due to illness or injury, which are common reasons for using a cane. They can also help those who have limbs, discomfort, or weakness in one half of their body.

Things to consider before buying a cane

Before selecting a cane that meets your needs, there are several variables to consider. To assist you choose the proper cane, seek counsel from your medical practitioner. They will be able to propose the ideal style for your unique needs, such as physical strength, stability, and level of fitness.

  • Size: Select a cane that is the right size for your frame. If you choose an adjustable cane, you can adjust the height to your liking for maximum comfort and ease of usage.
  • Grip: Curved and rounded grips reduce joint stress. You can reduce numbness, tension, and joint pain when you have a good grasp on your hand.
  • Advice: Your doctor can recommend the best model for your needs, whether it's building muscle strength, improving balance, or increasing stability.
  • Assistance: When you initially start walking with your cane, have someone there to help you. Before you go out on your own, make sure you are completely confident.

Different types of canes available at RehabPulse

  • Standard canes: This style is commonly built of wood or aluminum, but other materials are also available. Because this model isn't adjustable, you'll have to buy it at a set height.
  • Folding canes: When not in use, this model folds up and may be conveniently carried or stowed in a small place. Some variants also include LED lights for nighttime visibility.
  • Adjustable canes: Adjustable canes can be modified on the fly to fit different heights without the use of any tools. They are both light and strong.
  • Canes with a seat: Multiple legs and a folding seat are included with this model. This is a helpful addition for people who want to be active but require the support and stability of a cane, as well as the ability to stop and regain their breath when out and about.
  • Quad canes: Traditional or conventional canes lack the steadiness of this four-legged walking assistance. This choice is great for persons who have had a stroke, hemiplegia, partial paralysis, or hip or knee surgery because it has rubber caps on all four feet.
  • Bariatric canes: These heavy-duty canes are made of durable metals and alloys, making them perfect for long-term usage and supporting larger users. 

Crutches

Crutches are a sort of walking assistance used by people who have short-term injuries or disabilities that last a lifetime. Crutches promote balance and movement by reducing pressure from the lower limbs and transferring the weight to the upper body, which allows the crutches to propel you forward.

Crutches must be adjusted to meet the user's height, which can be done with a simple touch of a button. The crutches must be positioned so that the user may redistribute pressure from the legs to the crutches and then to the upper body without causing undue strain or damage.

Why use a crutch?

A crutch may be recommended as a mobility aid if your injury, surgery, or handicap necessitates. rehabilitation without putting too much weight on your lower body. 

The following are a few of the reasons you may need to use a crutch:

  • Stress fracture
  • ACL injury or tear
  • Achilles’ tendon injury
  • Broken ankle or foot
  • Sprained or fractured ankle
  • Muscle strain
  • Knee injury
  • Hip dislocation
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Congenital disorder
  • Muscle tone
  • Poor posture
  • Or other leg injuries

Different types of crutches

There are three main types of crutches:

  • Underarm or axilla crutches: After an injury or surgery, people may use these crutches for a brief period of time, such as during the recovery process. These are more convenient to use for persons with low upper-body strength.
  • Elbow crutches: Professionals favor this model because it puts less strain on the patient and is the most comfortable for medium to long-term use.
  • Forearm crutches: These are more portable than other variants due to their smaller size and less weight. These crutches are more comfortable and maneuverable than conventional crutches, but they do demand more arm strength than an elbow or underarm crutch.

Precautions to take when using crutches

  • Crutches can easily get caught on rugs, electrical cords, food spills and more.
  • Choose clear pathways whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Arrange your household furniture so you can walk inside your house without any hurdles. Stay away from cluttered areas.
  • Organize your home accordingly so you can reach your daily essentials with ease.
  • When you walk do not allow the top of the crutch to touch your armpit – keep your body supported with your hands. Put your weight through your hands instead of the armpit.
  • Never lean your whole weight on the crutches as that much pressure in one place might cause pain, numbness or tingling.

Why to use Canes and Crutches

Canes, crutches, and walkers are all effective and safe therapeutic tools that are sometimes overlooked. These aids are especially beneficial to patients with an unsteady stride, weak muscles, or who require a reduction in the stress on weight-bearing tissues. Understanding the biomechanics of ambulation aids will assist you in deciding when and how to utilize them. The patient must have sufficient strength, balance, and coordination to master the aid, as well as be appropriately trained to use it.

Safety measures while using canes and crutches

It is critical to select a cane or crutches that are the correct height for you; this ensures that they are comfortable and safe to use without causing pain or creating a trip hazard.

Organize your living space such that all of your important goods are within easy reach and the place is secure and neat. Keep an eye out for slick surfaces, rugs, pets, and youngsters.

Make sure your cane or crutches are locked securely and stable if they're adjustable. Maintain proper balance and posture while looking straight instead of downwards, and obtain plenty of supervised practice.

Insurance and RehabPulseClaim for your DME(products)

The RehabPulseClaim.com platform offers an end-to-end solution for insurance coverage and claims for DME items. At RehabPulse, we take the hassle out of making an insurance claim, and our friendly team will walk you through the procedure from the comfort of your own home.

RehabPulseClaim.com is the world's first online marketplace for DME products with an integrated Medicare programme, making it simple to file insurance claims. Traditional claims processes are automated to expedite claiming, verifications, paying, purchasing, and delivering your Dme product to your desired location.

Additionally, we offer the White glove delivery service, which means we will deliver the product personally, unpack and assemble it, remove any old packaging so you don't have to, as well as provide a demonstration or tutorial on how to use the product.

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