Forearm Crutches (Lofstrand Crutches)
Forearm crutches also known as elbow crutches have an open cuff that grips around the user’s forearm. They are mostly in use by people who have contracted major chronic disabilities like Multiple Sclerosis and Polio Disease, or trauma such as roadside accidents that might have resulted in an amputation. They are easier to use as they offer greater clearance and people can easily navigate over stairs and complex terrains. Forearm crutches are further split into two categories:
Closed Cuff Crutches (Full Cuff)
These Forearm crutches wrap around the upper forearm and have a small gap in the opening to easily place your arm inside. The cuff is made up of flexible materials and can oftentimes be tightened/adjusted to your arm’s circumference to ensure a tight grip. Some varieties of these cuffs are also hinged which allows a greater amount of freedom for the user. They are also commonly known as “Canadian Crutches.”
Open Cuff (Half Cuff):
Open-cuff forearm crutches have an open molded plastic cuff. They offer greater flexibility and mobility while looking stylish and minimalistic in design. They are more aesthetically valued and are an easy choice for most professional people. They are commonly found in Europe, and hence termed as European Crutches.