Always take advice of your health care advisor before using crutches. Crutches are designed to be used in pairs. One needs good co-ordination to use them correctly. Occasionally one crutch is used singly; however this should be done under the guidance of a physiotherapist.

There are different ways of using crutches such as two point gait, three point, four point and swing-to and swing-through gait and you need individual advice. Please speak to your healthcare advisor, whether orthopaedic doctor or a physiotherapist to understand the right way of walking for the walking equipment to be used. There are broadly two types of crutches: Elbow Crutches and Under Arm/Axilla Crutches (see details later). Some other points to keep in mind while choosing crutches are: Height, Handgrip and Material.