Use of NHS crutches

5 out of 5 stars

I find NHS crutches are great for short distances but find they pinch my arms a lot

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NHS crutches

Out and about

NHS

Under £15

They are free on the NHS

  • Mobility

  • Accessibility

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NHS crutches

4.7 out of 5 stars

NHS crutches are perfectly adequate - and, what's more, they're free. But I don't think you can get free replacement ferrules (the rubber tips) any more.
There are a few drawbacks which people need to be aware of:
- They're adjustable, but in increments of 1 inch, which means they're just a bit too high for me.
- They're quite top-heavy and fall over easily if I try to balance them against a wall, table or chair, and they're unwieldy on public transport if you've got an aisle seat and/or no armrest or rail to anchor them.
- They make a noisy click every time they hit the ground so you're pretty much letting everyone know 'here comes a disabled person with a crutch' - which would be good if it meant people would avoid bumping into you or would give you a seat. But that doesn't happen much.

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NHS crutches

NHS

Under £15

If by 'accessible' you mean 'is it easy to get hold of this product', then the answer is probably yes, if you need it, but maybe not as easy as it once was.

If you mean 'is it easy for many/most people to use', then that depends on whether it suits your needs; I find it a drawback to have one hand tied up with using my crutch, and it makes my shoulder ache, but I have to put up with that for the sake of getting around.

It's sturdy, but the arm holes stretch over time and the ferrule wears out.

Free. Excellent value for money.

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Handles on crutches

4.7 out of 5 stars

I am quite big (90Kg) and rely on my crutches. The problem i have is that the grips are made of hard plastic and therefore quite difficult and fairly uncomfortable on my hands. I had an old set with expanded foam handles that slid on top of the hard grips which were really helpful and didn't hurt my hands if i needed to use them for extended periods.

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4 out of 5 stars

Under £15

Soft grips help pain in hands. Hard grip uncomfortable.

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-NHS prescribed

-Crutches can feel more stable and secure than a walking stick, but less than a walking frame.

– Lightweight aluminum construction

– Height adjustable between both the cuff and handle and handle and ferrule, these elbow crutches can be set to the ideal height for the user increasing safety, comfort and practicality

– PVC moulded handles to increase user comfort and improve grip whilst reducing the chance of sores and calluses