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Aluminum is a metal alloy that is very commonly used in the medical industry. While some medical devices are made out of steel, plastic, and even wood (for the more traditional options, crutches made of aluminum are often considered to be the best option of all. Aluminum has a lot of advantages, especially since it’s used in hospital environments and medical facilities. For example, the colder aluminum gets, the stronger it becomes. The same can’t be said for plastic or steel. Aluminum is also a cheaper material to manufacture, and therefore it allows for products to be affordable and yet offer the same benefits that other crutches and medical devices have. This cost effective solution remains lightweight, improves speed, and is weather resistant, rust-resistant, and much more.
Benefits of Aluminum Crutches
Choosing the right pair of crutches takes thought, since there are many things to consider when choosing the best adjustable aluminum crutches (more on that later). Even with the advances in technology that have given rise to some models of plastic crutches or other materials, one can be certain that aluminum is the better choice in terms of stability, durability, and even mobility. Some of the most noteworthy benefits of aluminum crutches (over any other composition) are:
Aluminum is simultaneously resilient and lightweight. Wooden crutches weigh more than most metal crutches, and sometimes steel crutches weigh more than aluminum. The average crutches made out of aluminum weight only about 5 to 10 pounds. Since they’re so light, these crutches are easier to use for long periods of time, and won’t cause as much fatigue.
Wood and steel are often quite sturdy, but sometimes, they are less comfortable. With the added durability comes the fact that they are made often with harder handgrips and underarm-rests. Most aluminum crutches have foam pads for hand grips and armrests – and they are very adaptable. Actually, one can easily purchase additional crutch accessories for added comfort.
Wood crutches often require manual adjusting of bolts and wingnuts – even just for the leg height adjustment itself. Aluminum crutches are able to be adjusted by a simple push of a button with a push-pin spring system. One simply has to push the pin and pull (or push) the leg accordingly to seat the pin into the next hold to raise or lower the crutches an inch. Some may even have other adjustable height options aside from one-inch increments, but that is the most common adjustment spacing.
Sturdier for Long-Term Use
Despite aluminum being more pliable than steel, it is still sturdier than wood, which can break when it gets cold. Wood crutches also don’t often have the same weight capacities as aluminum crutches, and they aren’t able to handle being banged around. Some users have even complained about getting splinters from the wood. One doesn’t have to worry about this with aluminum, though. Also, while aluminum axillary crutches aren’t used as much for long-term crutch use, aluminum forearm crutches are, and they provide many of the same benefits for long-term users in terms of weight bearing and increased mobility.
Cheaper than Other Materials
Surprisingly, aluminum crutches are extremely affordable when compared to stainless steel or wood. Wooden crutches cost more to manufacture, and therefore often cost much more than their aluminum counterparts. There are many factors that influence aluminum crutches’ prices, and they can range in price from $15 to just under $60 for many standard models.
Aluminum is one of the most durable materials out there. It is pliable yet able to withstand heavier weights than wood and most plastic crutches. Our crutches all have a weight capacity ranging from 175 to 350 pounds so that they accommodate most users. This wide range of capacity allows crutch users of various weights to enjoy the comfort of knowing that their aluminum crutches aren’t going to buckle or wear down too fast, regardless of weight. For heavier users, one may want to consider buying a set of bariatric crutches.
Aluminum can corrode over time if it is constantly exposed to moist conditions or direct water contact, but it doesn’t deteriorate like steel and other materials do. Its ability to prevent rusting or becoming soft (like wood) when it gets wet makes it well-designed to handle being caught in inclement weather. Many people choose aluminum over other materials due to this factor alone.
As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of options in terms of adding comfort to most aluminum crutches. We offer numerous items that promote comfort, such as custom grips and even covers for aluminum crutch handles. A lot of people are able to have additional padding with axillary crutches so that they have less pain in that area. Our ergonomic, adjustable aluminum forearm crutches can also help to alleviate the discomfort often associated with chronic issues such as carpal tunnel and arthritis.
All of our crutch products are factory-tested and include manufacturer’s warranties. It is extremely important for a user to follow manufacturer and physician directions on using the crutches so they don’t end up voiding the warranty, as it can often cover parts, accessories, the users, and the wear and tear on the crutches themselves.
We carry only the best of the best when it comes to aluminum crutches! If you want to secure a better crutch solution and get the best deals possible, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with a customer care rep at AvaCare Medical. Give our care team a call, and they’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have, or assist you with placing your order. Don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-813-7799 or send an email anytime!