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Crutch feet, or crutch tips, are the tips at the bottom of a pair of crutches. Choosing the right crutch feet is an important consideration for individuals who use crutches. To ensure that the feet do not wear out too soon, for example, a pair of high-quality feet is essential. There are also tips and attachments that will improve traction in inclement weather.
Most types of crutch feet are made from thick rubber. These fit snugly onto the metal frame at the bottom of the crutches. To keep the crutches from slipping, which can result in a dangerous fall, a wide base on these feet will help aid in traction and stability. A rigid tread will also ensure that the crutches do not slip on the ground or floor.
High-quality crutch feet typically have very thick bottoms. These will usually last longer than thinner, less expensive feet. Many quality crutch tips also have a metal disc, or washer, on the inside. This is there to ensure that the pressure of the metal cylinder on the end of the crutch does not wear through the feet.
Inclement weather, such as rain or snow, can create slippery conditions that are dangerous for anyone who uses crutches. Some special types of crutch feet have a deep tread on the bottom for more traction in the rain. Some companies also manufacture removable rings with the same type of tread that can be attached to the bottom of a crutch foot.
Snow and ice is especially dangerous for crutch users. Some rubber crutch feet also come with a retractable metal spike. When using the crutches outside in these conditions, a person can put the spike down. The spike will dig into the ice, giving the crutches more traction, and decreasing the likelihood of falls.
People who choose ordinary rubber crutch feet can also purchase a separate, similar attachment. This type of attachment usually hooks onto the bottom part of the crutch frame. When using the crutches during icy weather, a lever can be flipped down and locked into place. At the bottom of this lever is a metal ring that contains several metal spikes that dig into the ice.
Any crutch feet that contain metal spikes, or similar attachments, should only be used outside. Keeping the spike down indoors can cause the crutches to slip on certain types of flooring, like tile. These spikes can also scratch certain floors, like wood, or rip carpet and rugs.
Checking your crutch feet periodically for wear and tear is important. If you notice that the rubber is worn, cracked, or damaged in any other way, it is important to purchase replacement crutch feet as soon as possible. These can be purchased from the local drug store or online.
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