Getting Back on my Feet with Smart Crutches

You may, or may not know this already but I can’t walk. I’m not totally immobile, I can walk around my home a little and with aids like a zimmer frame, rollator or walking sticks, but when I’m outside I always have my wheelchair.

I have stiff person syndrome and my lower limbs and feet are most affected. My muscles are stiff and liable to spasm at any time. I also have nerve pain which makes walking difficult. My feet feel as though the are in high heels which are two sizes too small constantly, even when I’m barefoot. My hips and back are affected too, so you can understand how my mobility is affected. When I do walk, it’s incredibly slow and I feel like I’m walking through treacle.
I’m fairly new to this immobility, it’s only been 23 months. Over that time I’ve tried several things to help me walk. My favourite so far has been my sticks. My rollator is better and more stable but I just feel like a real old lady when I use it. The problem with stick is that they help me a little but I never feel really steady. When I left hospital I was given some standard crutches but they were cumbersome an uncomfortable to use.

Then I heard a friend saying that she’d bought some crutches from Smart Crutch  and that they were amazing. I took a look and I thought they looked like some other coloured crutches that I’d been looking at. Then I looked again and saw all the positive extras that these crutches had. So I had to have a pair.

Choosing a colour was difficult although I was immediately drawn to my favourite colour, each one had a little description behind the colour. This is what the site said about yellow:

Optimism, Enlightenment, Happiness and a promise of a positive future.

Yellow will advance from surrounding colours and instil optimism and energy, as well as spark creative thoughts.

I was sold, this sounded just what I needed. At £98.99 I was hoping I had made the right choice
When ordering they need to know your height, weight and the length of your forearm so you can get the best fit. I was really excited to receive mine just two days after ordering.

Don’t they look great! They are fully adjustable in both height and angle of arm rests. You can also adjust the length of the arm rests. I messed about with them for ages before I decided I was happy. Then I thought they felt too short, but they were on the highest setting. Feeling confused I contacted Customer Services at Smart Crutch. After all, I’d given them my height. They wrote back very apologetic saying that they would send me the longer bottom halves but could I first measure the ones I had to make sure that was the problem.

This is where I win wally of the year, as I was taking the bottom half out I realised just how long they were. I measured them and sure enough they were 600mm, the longer length. What I’d been doing was adjusting them upside down, so I was thinking they were on the tallest setting when in fact I’d made them on the shortest setting. It was so simple and I had got it wrong! Anyway, after confessing to customer services what a silly mistake I’d made I finally had my crutches on the most comfortable setting for me.

Time to go out with them!

We took the kids to Mc Donalds and as it wasn’t a very long walk from the car I decided to use the crutches. I found them very comfortable and easy to use. Then once inside we had our meal and eventually I needed the toilet. It was another short walk to the toilet but I had my crutches so I gave it a go. You may think I’m making a big deal out of walking to the loo, but we are talking Mc Donalds, where there are kids everywhere and obstacles like pushchairs that I have to navigate around. When you can barely walk this is huge! But with my crutches I felt confident and supported, I even managed to take a loo selfie.
(I admit that using my phone to take a photo was difficult with my daft hands, but at least i had the crutches to balance on.)

I love my new crutches and today I walked even further, from the car park into the vets. Okay I was incredibly slow but I made it! 
My aim now is to try and walk a little more each time, especially outside. I doubt that the pain will ever go away, but at least I won’t have to worry about losing my balance. And I may get tired really quickly but at least my arms will have something to rest on.
Have you ever had to use crutches?
Text - one step at a time is good walking. Photo of a woman taken from behind while she is walking

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  1. comfortspring
    December 4, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    I'm so happy you've found something to make you more mobile. That's wonderful. I like the description of yellow – especially optimism. I have RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and osteoarthritis and every year I see my body go downhill a little more. Many people with RA end up in wheel chairs. A friend gave me a carved cane but I don't quite need it yet. The problem I see in the future – I have pain all over – arms,, hands, legs, back – I can't see me using a walker and I;m not sure I could use your new sticks. Maybe I'll never need them. I'm optimistic. #MMBC

  2. December 4, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Keep on to your optimism, you never know x The good thing about these sticks is that they are designed to support you without causing pressure on arms and hands. x

  3. comfortspring
    December 4, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    that is what I'll need probably some day. I'll pin for reference. Have a beautiful week.

  4. mummyhereandthere
    December 4, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Wow, they look so modern. It just be lovely to get some freedom back. All the best with the journey X #mmbc

  5. December 4, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Ahh! This is great news…I am so glad that you are able to get about a bit easier. They look very fancy crutches! x

  6. December 4, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    I have been on crutches for 2 years so understand your struggle a little. I have recently had to change my nhs ones because my hands were so sore from gripping them. My new ones aren't as good as yours but have a much more comfortable grip and are a nice blue colour. Did you know you can also get drinks holders to attach to your crutch? I hope you continue to benefit from your new sticks! #mmbc

  7. Stephanae McCoy
    December 7, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    I've only used crutches a small handful of times but these ones look fabulous and judging by your review they are extremely functional. It's so nice to see there are more stylish looking mobility devices available. The yellow is very pretty.

  8. December 8, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    I love that you have found something that helps. Although I did pause for a moment when you said you had taken a loo selfie! Maybe I have been spending too much time chatting with my kids because my humour is very infantile just now.

  9. Lisa Pomerantz
    December 9, 2017 / 1:32 am

    Those crutches look amazing! I have never had crutches (poo-poo) before, but I understand and empathize with nerve pain, spasms and tightness. I have occipital neuralgia and have found to date, the very best thing that helps relieve the pain and ease the spasms is medical marijuana. Have you tried it? My problem now is it is not yet available in my state. I was in Colorado at the time. I know now why people up and move. Sending you a big hug, Raisie Bay, and applauding you with every move! xoxo #mg

  10. optrixxaris1
    December 9, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    It's fantastic that you've found a great product that enables you to go places.#mg

  11. AutismMumma
    December 10, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    These crutches look and sound great. I was on crutches for about six weeks last week and a month or so this year, a month or so oooms next year too. I also found some fold-up walking sticks very useful and the fact they could be put in a bag when feeling confident was a great help. Lovely to see your “out and about” picture x

  12. December 11, 2017 / 12:17 am

    I never have had to use them, and I honestly can't imagine it. you are doing a great job, and I'm happy you've found something that helps, a bit – every little helps! 🙂 #TheMMLinky

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