Do you often stub your crutch tips on the ground? It may mean your crutches are too long. Do you feel stoop shouldered? They may be too short. Try this test. Standing tall with your crutches at you side, allow your hand to drape over the your hand grip. The deep crease between the palm of your hand and your wrist should line up with the top surface of your hand grip. If that crease falls way above the top of the grip there is a good chance your crutches are too short. If the crease is below the top of the grip your crutches are probably too long. Even if you are comfortable with the fit of your present crutches, check your measurements against the following information.
X and Y measurements:
The X and Y measurements are two measurements needed to make your custom crutches. The X refers to the distance between the top of the underarm pad and the top of the grip handle. The Y refers to the distance between the top of the grip and the bottom of the crutch tube or tip. Specify at check out if this measurement is with or without crutch tips. We will add the extra length onto the crutch when we know what kind of tips you'll be using. Always use a tape measure, not a ruler, as it's more flexible.
To take the X Measurement:
Using a tape measure, measure down the middle of the crutch from the top of the underarm pad to the top of the hand grip.
To take the Y Measurement:
Using a tape measure, hook the end to the bottom of the crutch tip or tube and measure to the top surface of the hand grip. Specify at checkout if this measurement is with or without tip. We will make sure the length is correct when we know what kind of tip you'll be using.