Category: Lower Extremity Disabilities

Forearm Crutches

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide heavy-duty forearm crutches for an active individual with a lower leg amputation. The user was not able to find crutches that were strong enough and still provided the appropriate handgrip. The solution was for her hysband to custom-build crutches using the base purchased in Australia, custom-made arm cuffs, and handgrips purchased from Holland. When the pin holding the arm cuffs in place began to wear, the arm cuffs loosened. Over time the user also developed the need for slightly shorter crutches. The crutches were shortened at the top, a new fitting to hold the pin was put in place, and the fittings for the arm cuffs were repaired so the pin sat firmly. TITLE: Crutch Repairs. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 25, Number 2, Winter 2005: P. 18-19. PAGES: 3 (including cover).


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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.

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