This review has been a long time coming! I was meant to be reviewing these crutches before I became a full time wheelie back in
April. Then a friend was going to review them and for one reason or another couldn’t. So I finally managed to get my friend Hannah-Marie, a university student and fellow EDSer, to review them for me instead! Massive thanks to her & Flexyfoot for providing the crutches!
So this is what she said:
The Flexyfoot crutches are all about the shock
absorber ferrules, but there’s a lot more to them as well! I was getting a lot of pain in my shoulders and wrists back when I used NHS-style crutches. Using the Flexyfoot crutches feels like they take more of the
strain. Not all of it, but it still makes a difference! The shaping of the handles also makes them much more comfortable to hold on to. They feel a lot lighter than traditional style crutches too, which makes a difference when you’re using them all day everyday! But most of all they look so much better! I’ve just started university, studying psychology, so I wanted to make a good impression. With the Flexyfoot crutches, people saw me first rather than the crutches! Having reflectors on them also made me less worried about walking back to campus in the dark too!
Down to brass tacks – What makes the Flexyfoot Crutches so special?
If you’re unfamiliar with the flexyfoot ferrule heres a little bit more information. They essentially work as shock absorbers, and can be applied to most sticks or crutches. They can help reduce stress put on shoulder, wrist and elbow joints, as well as help stabilise you a little more, which in turn helped me to reduce my number of falls. These crutches (also available in an open cuff option) come in a goes-with-everything matt black colour, which is fairly durable against scratches. Yes, it’s the ferrule that makes the crutches. But there are so many extra benefits, such as the weight, the reflectors, as well as how much nicer these look compared to the grey ones people so often get given by hospitals. They also don’t click and clunk as much as traditional crutches, which give away your position at 100 paces!
For those using crutches on a short term basis, you may not immediately see the benefit, as they are a bit of an investment. But if you are a long term crutches user these are definitely worth it. Don’t just take my word for it, there’s plenty of other reviews on the Flexyfoot website.