Types of Stilts

Updated November 21, 2016

Walking or standing on stilts can be a form of recreation or a part of your job. Children often play with stilts, as do acrobats and even extreme sports athletes. Stilts are also used on construction sites to reach high-up areas. You can make stilts at home or purchase expensive jumping stilts if you want to master acrobatic feats.

Tin-Can Stilts

You may remember a time from your childhood when you held coffee cans to the bottom of your feet with a strong cord. These were homemade hand-held or tin-can stilts. They may also have been made with plastic buckets. Hand-held stilts can also be made of a long stick of wood with a foot platform in the middle. You stand on the foot platform and hold onto the stick. You must keep moving when using these stilts to prevent falling over.

Peg Stilts

Peg stilts are typically made out of wood with rubber stoppers on the bottom. There is a foot platform on the wood pole that the stilt is made from, and your feet slide under straps to hold them in place. Peg stilts also have straps at the ankle and around the knee to hold them on. Stilt-walking circus performers typically wear peg stilts.

Drywall Stilts

Drywall stilts have a longer and wider base than peg stilts, so that construction workers can stand still on them safely. They are typically made from aluminium and have a foot strap and a calf cuff that can be adjusted to the size of your leg. Many drywall stilts have springs to help make walking more natural.

Jumping Stilts

Jumping stilts are made from steel and springs. The steel curves behind the back of your leg and the stilt is attached to your leg at the foot and around the knee. The jumping action resembles that of the back legs of a deer. Amazing acrobatic feats are possible in jumping stilts; skilled users can do flips in them.

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