ActiveMSers Forums  

Go Back   ActiveMSers Forums > ActiveMSers.org Forums > Gear

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-15-2011, 02:18 PM
ActiveMSers's Avatar
ActiveMSers ActiveMSers is online now
Dave @ ActiveMSers
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 3,781
Default Best forearm crutches?

Okay, these are super trick titanium forearm crutches and priced like it. Holy smokes, $1K! I hope insurance will cover them, because I so want a pair. I think they'll be better than a $50 pair from Walgreens.

http://fetterman-crutches.com/index.php

The ones I have are 20-year-old beaters my sister found in the basement, but they work so much better than my cane and are less fatiguing than my walker.

In looking up these crutches, I found this guy who recommends them. He's like me, except for amputees. And he may be a bit wittier and a bit more handsome and a bit faster. Waaay faster. It's cool how well he can move with one leg. He can sprint as you can see in the video. Way better than I can move with two legs!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6DgF...ature=sh_e_top
__________________
Dave Bexfield
ActiveMSers
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-15-2011, 07:47 PM
KristaH KristaH is offline
Senior Misfit
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 122
Default

Wow, he is way more sure of himself with the forearm crutches than I am! And what is it with guys pretending that they are guns?! The testimonial clip of President Clinton reminded me so much of my SO and what he does with my crutches lol. I'll stick with the $75 ones that are a step up from the Walgreens ones, pretty sure insurance would balk at the price tag on those!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-19-2011, 03:20 PM
SideStix SideStix is offline
Junior Optimistic Misfit
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 1
Default

If you can believe it there is an even better crutch out there... we are currently working on getting Josh a set and thought you might be interested too!

You should check out this new user video we just posted, it might blow your mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=5PZhS-GB6fA

Also check us out at http://www.sidestix.com to learn more.

Last edited by SideStix; 02-07-2012 at 02:32 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-23-2011, 12:26 PM
ActiveMSers's Avatar
ActiveMSers ActiveMSers is online now
Dave @ ActiveMSers
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 3,781
Default

Okay, the video is pretty cool, especially the last quarter. I don't think I'll try those stunts anytime soon! Let's get in touch when you have time. PM me or shoot me an e-mail (or call). I've been planning to do a piece on forearm crutches for some time now as they really have given me freedom. Happy holidays!
__________________
Dave Bexfield
ActiveMSers
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-20-2012, 05:32 PM
ActiveMSers's Avatar
ActiveMSers ActiveMSers is online now
Dave @ ActiveMSers
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 3,781
Default

It looks as if my next gear review will be on forearm crutches. I talked to Sarah, the founder of SideStix, for more than a half hour about her sticks and what sets them apart. (We also chatted about why we do what we do as members of the disabled community. She lost her leg to a drunk driver when she was riding her bike and has an attitude just like many of us at ActiveMSers. Keep moving!) She's sending me a pair of crutches to test, and I've got some cool ideas to put them through the ringer. I'll also compare and contrast them with my stock crutches and other walking aids. Details to come!
__________________
Dave Bexfield
ActiveMSers
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-27-2012, 05:36 PM
ActiveMSers's Avatar
ActiveMSers ActiveMSers is online now
Dave @ ActiveMSers
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 3,781
Default

SideStix has sent me a pair of forearm crutches (also called Canadian or Lofstrand crutches) for me to test and review. I'm excited. I've just put them together and will start to put them through the paces this weekend when I go out skiing. This will be part of a thorough review of forearm crutches, including how to fit them, what to look for when purchasing, what to avoid, and why they work so well as a walking tool.

Initial impressions of the SideStix--I'm impressed. Holy cow, the carbon fiber main tube is as light as a feather. And the grips are fantastic. Are these the best Canadian crutches on the market? We'll see. I've been excited before only to relegate gear to rarely used oversized six-pack beer koozies.
__________________
Dave Bexfield
ActiveMSers
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-07-2014, 10:37 AM
ActiveMSers's Avatar
ActiveMSers ActiveMSers is online now
Dave @ ActiveMSers
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 3,781
Default

I'm actually testing an innovative new foldable forearm crutch that is durable, superfast to deploy, and needs no tools or adjustment. Hope to provide more details soon....
__________________
Dave Bexfield
ActiveMSers
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-11-2014, 10:33 AM
ActiveMSers's Avatar
ActiveMSers ActiveMSers is online now
Dave @ ActiveMSers
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 3,781
Default

Here is the just launched site of Jointed Crutch. I'm currently testing a version created from a pair of SideStix. So far so great. More to come!

http://jointedcrutch.com/
__________________
Dave Bexfield
ActiveMSers
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-07-2016, 09:06 PM
Rylin Mariel Rylin Mariel is offline
Junior Optimistic Misfit
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 1
Unhappy One option that looks promising, but...

I have been looking into the Smartcrutch, and at first glance it looks like a gift from heaven for me, a 60 year old woman with MS who also suffers from severe damage to the joints in the hands. I am on track to end up being a lifetime crutch user, with MS causing progressively more spasticity in my legs, as well as progressive loss of balance, and in addition to that my left knee has progressed to the point where it may need to be replaced, but I don't recover well from surgeries, so I'm dubious about that... My situation is complicated by the fact that I have CMC joint arthritis in my right hand, and had a botched surgery for the same condition in my left, leaving me with progressive growth of bone spurs in the wrist and chronic pain in the reconstructed CMC joint itself. I am concerned about the longevity of the product, though, and when I contacted the manufacturer, they were evasive about that, and said that any guarantee would have to come from a retail distributor. When you click on Guarantee on their website, it says "See terms and conditions of local Distributor". Furthermore, medical testimonials seem to consist of only partial sentences from medical professionals, and some links to reviews end up as 404s, so that makes me think that users are finding some problems on extended use. That would be a serious drawback for me, since Medicare says that they're not sure if they'll cover them or not (when I contacted the manufacturer, I was given a "Medicare code" for them, but Medicare said that code was not on their list), and I would have to buy them first, then find out if they'd be covered. Since I'm a "lifetime user", and I'm on disability, I couldn't afford to replace them every year or two out of pocket. I'd be hard put to it to even be able to afford them out of pocket in the first place! I don't want to end up in a wheelchair, but that could happen if a more reliable manufacturer doesn't come up with a similar design!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-01-2018, 06:57 PM
ActiveMSers's Avatar
ActiveMSers ActiveMSers is online now
Dave @ ActiveMSers
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 3,781
Default

Here's some more feedback on the SideStix I got recently from a member. Helpful feedback, especially for those on the fence. -D

Quote:
I love my Stix!!! I have used them for 2 days. Have not tried a long walk yet but just standing straight and walking upright is such a revelation. You were absolutely right about the difference they make. I can breathe more fully since I am being held upright. And I feel so great about how they look! I was reluctant to get forearm crutches for the "cripple" stigma. But now I want to say" Look at me, everybody!" Yay! Proudly wore them to the gym today.

And the stability is light years difference. Wow! All the old people I live with should have Stix. They will want mine. A stranger yelled across the Whole Foods parking lot--"you look great, I want those. what are they" nobody ever yelled that about my poles.

thank you, thank you, thank you.
__________________
Dave Bexfield
ActiveMSers
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:58 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
ActiveMSers