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crutches covers/padding

My 14 year old broke her ankle before Thanksgiving and we found out that she will be on crutches for another 4-6 weeks - her pits hurt!! (not her pits - the area where her crutches lay - doc said her placement is fine - I just generalized with "pits" because I was being lazy and posting on my BlackBerry) :) I want to make her fun and funky crutches covers/pads so she can show her personality and still be crutched up. I am sure I can just wing something but was wondering if any of you knew of a pattern or something we can use.



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Dec. 8th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
You could probably get some replacement foam pads at a medical supply store, and then just cover them with fabric. I was on crutches for about a year in high school, and I seem to recall doing that myself. Good luck, and I hope she feels better soon!
Dec. 8th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
I don't have a pattern for you - but a few posts back somebody made a great suggestion for folks on crutches - half-aprons with pockets. It makes things easier to reach and helps in those situations where she might otherwise be walking around with something in her hands.
Dec. 8th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
erm, if her pits hurt, there is a good chance the crutches don't fit correctly.

I don't have any ideas except foam pads stuffed into a sock pattern, without the heel.
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
FYI if you armpits are hurting the crutches are more than likely too tall for her. I would have her doctor or someone check for proper fitting. If that is not the case, she needs to be re instructed on the proper use.

For the pattern, I would just wing it:)
Dec. 10th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
I was going to say the same thing. Also make sure she does not lean on them. My boyfriend dislocated and broke his ankle in two places in September (requiring surgery.) At his first follow up appointment he mentioned his underarms were hurting from the crutches. They lowered the height of them and reminded him not to lean/rest his body weight on them. That is what causes the soreness and sometimes even bruising. Gotta rely on the upper arm/upper body strength and make sure the crutch height is not too tall. :)
Dec. 9th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
Maybe try searching for slipper patterns. I'm thinking really bootie-like patterns, similar to the the paper booties you wear over your shoes in a hospital.
Dec. 9th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
Actually, my armpits hurt because I was too tired to stand on my own feet and was leaning on the crutches a lot. xD But it was also because my crutches were these mean wooden ones that didn't have pads. It got a little better after the pads. *g*

I think memory foam would be a pretty cool idea.
Dec. 9th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
(What I meant was, it might not be because the crutches are a bad fit. XD But you might want to check anyway!)
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Wot they said, but do make sure they're fitting properly. 4-6 weeks more pain than necessary... not good!

My thoughts, cover them with super soft n fuzzy microfur! It's super popular lately. Also, find some funky stickers to jazz up the body of the crutch. Check a local craft store, or online craft store for some great sticker options in the scrapbooking section.
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
Her pits should not be touching the crutch or padding on crutch- if it does it can lead to nerve damage. btw I'm an RN.
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Yeah - I'm a nursing student - it isn't her pits exactly.. just that area underneath - just easier to say pits. =) Her doc said she has proper placement as well. She has 2 hand towels and tape on there now - looks pretty ghetto =)
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
It's funny that this comes up, this is exactly what I was thinking I was going to do for my dad for Christmas! He's been on crutches for a few years now and they're looking pretty beat up. I figured I'd...

1) Cover the pads with something removable (needs to be washed when it's so close to the underarm region) by using velcro underneath or something of the like that's not prone to slipping. I plan to use a classy fabric that resist wear and washings. I was thinking something with the thickness of suede but man-made for durability and without the raised fibers (they don't hold up to wear very well).

2) Use metal spray paint to dress up the scratched old aluminum (though I know that metal will probably still scratch over time, even with a protective coating).

Until I get back from school I won't be able to really look closely at his crutches and how they fit together, but a quick search yielded that something like this is pretty common, especially with velcro underneath:

A caddy like this could be fun and easily made!

If I were you, I'd just wing the pattern because it shouldn't be too hard, just make sure you get a tight fit since there's so much body contact involved and you don't want rubbing to occur. Maybe you want to look for gel inserts somewhere as well? That should be nice and gentle! lol

Good luck! I think it's personal touches like this that help a person when they're in recovery!
Dec. 10th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
Please tag your posts. Thanks! :)
Dec. 11th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
double the foam pads, knit some colorful covers for them (Noro Kureyon comes to mind--it's kind of multi-hippie-psychedelic)(you can attach them with drawstring), and shorten the crutches by at least one hole.
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