6 Alternatives To Crutches For Better Mobility In Public

This article explores the alternatives to crutches that most people don’t consider.

Traditional crutches can be bulky, slow and have negative effects on your posture. This article covers 6 alternatives to crutches and their advantages and disadvantages.

Knee walkertypes of crutches

Knee walkers are an interesting alternative to crutches. They provide a stable area to rest your injured leg on that doesn’t require balancing. Basically, you push yourself around with your good leg while your injured leg rests on the seat.

Similar to full sized walkers, knee walkers have 4 wheels and a basket on the front for storage. They also fold like regular walkers.

Will this is an interesting concept; it’s not exactly the best mobility aid. Around the home it’s fine, but in public it’s slow and has low maneuverability. Depending on your situation and your needs, this may or may not be the best option for you.

Hands free crutch

Another popular alternative to crutches are hands free crutches. This type of crutch is quite convenient and allows you to move around with an almost normal gait. Hands free crutches may take a few days to get used to, but once you master them you’ll have a high level of mobility.  This article will help you decide if hands free crutches are the best choice for your injury.  

Hands free crutches allow you to easily and safely navigate stairs and make using your crutch in public a breeze. They are also excellent for going up and down stairs. The iWalk 2.0 is an example of a popular hands free crutch.


Wheelchairs aren’t normally considered to be an alternative to crutches, but they can still be a solid short-term mobility option. Wheelchairs aren’t only a last resort for mobility.  This is especially true if crutches get in the way of you being able to cover long distances at work or at home.

You may want to consider using a wheelchair if you have lots of stuff to carry with you on a daily basis.  Other alternatives to crutches may help you move around, but it’s hard to maintain your balance without a basket to carrying your stuff in. Wheelchairs can also be solid options for crowded areas.  Keep in mind that wheelchairs require regular maintenance to work at a high level.

Lofstrand crutchesalternative to crutches

Although still technically a crutch, lofstrand crutches are a solid alternative to crutches. Lofstrand crutches, also known as elbow or forearm crutches, are ideal for long-term use and can provide you with more comfort than traditional underarm crutches.

Lofstrand crutches are strong, lightweight and they help alleviate a lot of issues that traditional crutches bring. Traditional underarm crutches can cause strain and bruises with long-term use. These crutches are a solid alternative to crutches if you need a long-term solution.

Seated scooter

Seated scooters are very similar to knee scooter but work better with more severe injuries. Instead of resting your injured leg on the scooter, you take a seat and scoot yourself from place to place. This is a convenient option for remaining mobile if you don’t have anyone to push you around. This alternative to crutches works great in public places such as airports.

One disadvantage of seated scooters is handling stairs. Forearm crutches and hands-free crutches are much better for dealing with stairs, but depending on the severity of your injury, a seated scooter may be the best option for you. Certain alternatives to crutches will work better or worse depending on your body and your needs.

Canadian crutches (also known as elbow extension crutches)

Canadian crutches are a combination of underarm and forearm crutches.  They are able to eliminate the discomfort issues that underarm crutches bring and they strengthen your upper body over time.

These crutches are easy for going up and down stairs.  If you need an alternative to crutches for a medium to long period of time, Canadian crutches may be a solid option for you.

Explore all of these mobility aids to find out which option is best for you. When looking for an alternative to crutches make sure you consider your lifestyle, how far you have to travel and if you need storage to help you carry stuff.

Alternatives like hands free crutches are convenient, but easy for you to lose your balance if you’re in crowded areas or carrying stuff.   Make sure to take your personal mobility situation in to account before choosing an alternative to crutches.

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