As many as 80 years now, the conventional underarm crutch has been the regular issued walking device for mobility ailments both temporary or permanent word wide. Very little has changed since their inception, apart from replacing the wood structure for a light weight aluminum. Yes, they have aided a mobility purpose, but by design continue to cause irritation and injury to tendons, soft tissue and nerves found under the armpits. Also, pressure loading on the hands and wrists can cause additional nerve and joint damage together calluses and blistering of the palms.
Forearm crutches by design do have some advantages over underarm crutches. They eliminate injury to tendons, soft tissue and nerves found underarm. However, by design they places a direct pressure load on the hands and wrists. This in turn can cause damage to palms, joints, nerves and tendons with limited use. Forearm crutches are commonly used throughout Europe for both short term and long term use. In the United States and Canada they are mostly used by individuals with long term disabilities.
The smartCRUTCH™ design utilises the benefits of the forearm crutch concept, while reducing or eradicating the direct forces on the hands and wrists. This is achieved by allowing the user to adjust the angle of the forearm platform, reducing or increasing the amount of weight load to the hands and wrists. Transferring the pressure to the forearm reduces or potentially eliminates injuries commonly found with the use of standard underarm or forearm crutches as stated to the left. smartCRUTCH™ also helps reduce fatigue, relieve stress and maintain a proper posture, paving the way for speedy and safe rehabilitation.