A Brief History
As a lifelong, extremely active amputee, I've tried time and again to find/create the perfect crutches. Ones that won't break, crack, hurt my armpits, sink, leak, or cost a small fortune. In the mid-80s, one of my 12-1/2 pound "custom" crutches fell off the boat, filled with water, and went down to the bottom of the St. Croix River. Please don’t ask how. Fortunately, my truck was parked next to the handicapped spots (save those spots for people who really need them), so it was a short hop from the dock to my vehicle. I've broken so many wooden "back-up" crutches over the years that we never run out of wood for our bonfires! And there's nothing like taking a shower or swimming with aluminum crutches that fill with water and leak rust all over the new carpet!
A New Innovation
Through Dave Paulson’s knowledge of metal strengths and engineering skills we looked at the variables and load factors taking place on crutches. Dave thoroughly researched and designed a whole new concept and look for the ultimate custom crutch. He felt aircraft aluminum would be the most cost effective for people, and Dave came up with an idea for a whole new crutch structure. His design of “square tubing” was an incredible breakthrough in both vertical and horizontal load factors. Dave also reengineered the shape of the top armrests to accommodate snag free tops for clothing.
Most crutches have another very vulnerable breaking point that Dave has addressed and corrected in our new custom crutch. Standard crutch designs have one long support stem from the crutch tip up to around 14 inches or higher if you’re a tall person. If you ever step into an unseen soft spot or hole and your crutch sinks in, chances are the crutch will fail and break in that long weak area above the crutch tip as you try to recover from a potential fall. Our design dramatically protects the user from a crutch failure in this area as our twin square tube frames meet and are welded together just above the crutch tip.
Another benefit of our custom crutches is the lower center of gravity in the design. Our crutch will swing freely and have more momentum when walking through tall grass, snow or even strong winds. This really comes into effect when you’re carrying items and have the crutch tucked under your armpit while you’re holding something. Now the lower crutch's momentum really is necessary.