It is an unfortunate thing but sometimes people become injured. If the injury affects their legs, ankles, or feet they may have difficulty walking due to the pain in the area and the inability to support the full amount of weight. Crutches are a way to assist people in getting around with such problems.
Crutches have been around for many years. They are generally produced from wood, although some versions are available in aluminum. Typically crutches are a long wooden structure which has a curved and padded section which fits the underarm section of your body.
It then extends to a wishbone type structure which terminates in a single post capped with a soft end. Most people use two crutches, although one can be used depending on the particular situation.
The crutches come in different sizes, primarily to suit adults or children. Within each major size, it can be further adjusted to suit the particular needs of the person using them.
Crutches are available from a variety of sources. They are most commonly purchased form medical supply houses as well as larger drugstores. They can also be purchased at many locations online. One important consideration to purchasing from a local source is that the particular model and be properly adjusted to the patient making it as effective and comfortable as possible.
In most cases crutches are meant to be used on a temporary basis. Hopefully as the injury heals properly, the person is able to get back his/her normal functioning and will no longer need the crutches. Either way they are of great benefit to the person who needs extra stability and support in getting around.