4 Ways to Make Walking on Crutches More Comfortable After Surgery

If you've just had surgery on your leg, it's likely that you will need to use crutches for at least a couple of weeks in order to get around. Unfortunately, many people find that walking with crutches becomes uncomfortable very quickly.

Here are just four things you can do to improve your comfort while wearing crutches.

1. Ensure the Sizing is Right

When you get your crutches, make sure you thoroughly check that they are the right size for you. Most modern crutches can be adjusted to ensure that the proper fit is gained, and this is crucial if walking on those crutches is to feel as comfortable as possible.

Generally speaking, you want around an inch to two inches of space between your armpits and your crutches while standing straight, with the handgrips even with the tops of hips so that your elbows are slightly bent during use. Don't be afraid to get new crutches if your current ones seem poorly sized.

2. Add Cushioning Under the Armpits

One of the most common causes for complaint when it comes to using crutches is pain beneath the armpits. This is where the pressure will be centralized when you use your crutches, and the body just isn't used to such stress in that location.

To alleviate the problem, try adding a small amount of cushioning around the tops of each crutch. You shouldn't use too much or it will make the crutch unstable, but a bit of light, spongy material can work wonders.

3. Use Crutch Grips or Weight-Lifting Gloves

Your armpits aren't the only place where crutches will place pressure; you're also likely to discover that your hands are getting sore after having to absorb the impact that hits them while you're moving around on crutches. Your hands may also become calloused.

Luckily enough, you can pick up special crutch grips that will help absorb the impact and provide a softer surface. Alternatively, you can use weight-lifting gloves, which should provide padding across the palm and be made of a relatively soft, spongy material.

4. Wear Cushioned Shoes

When you're using crutches, the foot of your good leg will be working harder the normal. Not only will it have to take more strain, it's easy to land hard on the heel when you're getting used to moving around, so you need to wear comfortable shoes. Of course, it's unlikely that you'll be heading out on crutches while wearing stiletto high heels, but you should also avoid thin-soled shoes. Instead try to pick up something with a cushioned bottom. Running shoes are normally perfect since they already have plenty of cushioning to prevent stress caused by repetitive impact.