ProBasics® - Standard Crutches
Easy push-button height adjustment in 1-inch increments
ProBasics Aluminum Crutches are sturdy, lightweight anodized aluminum crutches with push-button height adjustment. The extra thick underarm pads and grips offer comfort for use. The double extruded center tube is a solid one-piece design providing additional strength to weight-bearing area. Non-skid rubber tips provide excellent traction and absorb shock. Easy wing nut adjustments for hand grips. Available in youth, adult or tall sizes to accommodate all individuals. Supports patient weights up to 350 pounds.
- Made of lightweight, anodized aluminum
- Reinforced one-piece center tube provides additional strength to weight-bearing area
- Push-button adjustment makes changing height easy
- Height adjustment in 1-inch increments
- Hand grip position readily adjusts with wing nuts
- Non-skid rubber tips provide excellent traction on many surfaces
- Extra thick underarm pads and grips offer additional comfort
Simple & Durable
The ProBasics Aluminum Crutches are designed for simple use and built to last. The one-piece anodized aluminum frame is solid and designed with high-impact handles and armrests for added durability.
These crutches have a weight capacity of 350 lbs. and have a limited 2 year warranty. The height adjusts from 43 to 53 inches and is designed as a telescoping tube that is conducive to weight-bearing.
All Shapes & Sizes
The ProBasics Aluminum Crutches are made in three sizes: junior, adult, and tall adult for above average height users. Every size is constructed with the same materials and durability as the standard model and include the same features.
Walking and Turning
- Place your crutches about 1 foot in front of you, slightly wider apart than your body.
- Lean on the handles of your crutches and move your body forward.
- Finish the step by swinging your strong leg forward.
- Repeat steps 1 through 3 to move forward.
Do not attempt to adjust or use your crutches without reading all instructions carefully. Failure to follow instructions may result in injury.
Before Each Use:
- Crutches are positioned correctly when you can lean forward comfortably while resting on the underarm supports. When standing straight, the underarm padding should sit 2-3 inches below your armpit. Ensure push buttons are firmly in place and handgrip wing nuts are securely tightened.
- Adjust crutch height by pressing both pushbuttons, rotating the base, and pulling down until the desired height is obtained. Rotate base again until both pushbuttons snap back into place. Push buttons are engaged when they fully protrude through the holes in the bracket and an audible click is heard.
- To position hand grips, let your arms hang at your sides with an approximate 10° bend at your elbow. Measure from the floor to the center of your wrist. Adjust hand grips to this height by loosening wing nuts, sliding grips to the appropriate position, then securely re-tightening the nuts.
Using Your Crutches:
- Walking - Leaning on your uninjured leg, place crutches in front of you, positioning them slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Supporting your weight with your hands (not your armpits), carefully swing your good leg forward, placing this foot just in front of the crutches. Keep your head and posture upright to maintain balance. When using crutches, watch for possible safety hazards such as cords, water, or oil on the floor, rugs, or other obstacles.
- Walking upstairs – Hold onto the handrail with one hand while positioning both crutches under your opposite arm. If there is no handrail, position one crutch under each arm. Keeping the crutches on the stair on which you are standing, step up with the stronger leg first, followed by crutches and the injured leg.
- Walking downstairs – Place crutches down on stair first, followed by injured leg, then the stronger leg.
- Sitting down – Back up to the seat until you feel the backs of your legs touching it. Hold both crutches by the handgrips in the hand on the injured side. Hold onto the seat with the other hand and lower yourself slowly, bending at the hips. Unless authorized by your healthcare provider, keep your injured leg off the ground and your weight on your good leg.
- Standing up – Make sure that your seat is secure. If using a wheelchair, ensure that the brakes are engaged. Move forward until you are sitting at the edge of the seat. Place the stronger foot on the floor. Hold the crutches by the handgrips in the hand of your injured side. Push up from the seat with the stronger leg, keeping your head forward. When upright, place a crutch under each arm.
To ensure that your crutches will have a long service life, inspect them regularly, and follow these general maintenance tips:
- Wipe metal parts with a clean, soft cloth at least once a week. If exposed to moisture, dry immediately.
- Use only a clean towel dampened with cool water when cleaning hand grips and underarm padding. Confirm that the grips are dry before using. NEVER use ammonia-based cleaning solutions or soap on handgrips and underarm padding, which may cause them to loosen or crack.
- Periodically check tips for damage, cracks, or worn tread. If any of these issues develop, discontinue use until tips have been replaced.
Do not exceed the maximum weight capacity or serious injury may result.