If you've been injured or have a disability, you might need crutches to get around. While your hospital or doctor should be able to provide you with crutches, you might find it difficult to find some that are the correct size and are comfortable for you to use. Making your own crutches is not only cheap, but you can also customise them for maximum comfort and mobility.
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Things you need
- 3 broom handles
- Measure tape
- 4 sponges
- Medical tape
- Rubber cap
Measure the distance from your underarm to the floor. Relax your shoulders and arms when measuring, asking someone to help you if necessary. The top of the crutch should stop about two finger widths underneath your armpit.
Cut two of the broom handles to the right size using the measurements you take. Saw the handles in half lengthwise down the middle, leaving 12 inches together at the top of the handle.
Place the broom handles in a bucket of water so the wood softens and becomes bendable. You will need to leave them there for about three days for the wood to soften.
Measure the width of your hand to gauge how much room you will need to grip the crutch. Then, measure the length of your arm, from the shoulder to the wrist to find out where you need to place the hand grip on the broom.
Cut two pieces of wood from the third broom handle, one of the hand grip and one for the underarm support. Using the drill, fix these parts in place. The underarm support should go between the two halves of the broom handle at the top. Use the shoulder to wrist measurement to place the hand support, which also needs to fit between the two halves of the broom handle.
Cover the underarm support and hand grip with a sponge and attach this using medical tape. Wrap gauze over the sponge, using as much as you need to make the crutch comfortable to use.
Place the rubber cap on the bottom of the broom handle so the crutch doesn't slip out underneath you when you are using it. Repeat this process for the second broom handle.
Tips and warnings
- If the underarm support and hand grip are still uncomfortable, consider purchasing some gel-based pads.
- For icy conditions, try using a crutch ice cleat for extra grip.
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