Many people complain about discomfort when using crutches. Complains often include pain on the palms of the hands, pain in the muscles of the arms, having to stop due to exhaustion after short distances, bulkiness, a very slow pace, slipping on polished surfaces and being unable to carry anything. Patients are often reluctant to use their crutches even when this might slow their recovery or potentially cause further injury.
This study will research into the basic functions and requirements of a crutch and look to improve on existing designs. It will attempt to create a crutch which will better aid a patient's recovery whilst enabling them to continue normal life with as little disruption as possible.