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Buy them, but don't expect miracles!
on February 26, 2012
After breaking my leg (i.e, tibial plateau fracture) during a skiing accident and being told I had to be on crutches for 6 weeks, I set out trying to find a crutch-alternative that would make life less challenging. I was surprised to find that there aren't many alternatives out there and the technology hasn't changed in 5000 years. I had never been on crutches before and found the whole thing exhausting and extremely difficult. Fortunately, I found mobilegs which were a godsend. I walked on regular crutches for 3 weeks and then got to mobilegs and have been on them for another 3 weeks. I would definitely purchase them again, and would recommend them to anyone on regular crutches.
However, don't expect any miracles. While they are great crutches and gave me a new vigor to be mobile again, don't think you'll be sprinting down the street in them. First, the great features: (1) LIGHTWEIGHT: These things weigh much less than your standard crutches, and you can lift and move them more easily. This added to my mobility and less stress on the rest of my body; (2) MOBILITY: I can move much faster in the mobilegs than with standard crutches, about 1 1/2 times as fast. If you do it correctly, I could go almost twices as fast; (3) SLEEK/SLIMLINE: The mobilegs only have one tube as opposed to two on standard crutches. This enabled me to slip between tight corners (closing doors, crowded hallways, etc.) and had a smaller footprint that regular crutches; (4) ERGONOMIC GRIPS: The grips are position diagonally and are rubber-foam covered. I was having terrible pains the nerves in my hand from regular crutches. Using these crutches minimized those pains almost instantly. While those pains aren't completely gone, it is tolerable now. The grips are the best feature of the crutches. I would buy them for these alone.; (5) ROCKER-TYPE FEET: The feet are shaped with a rocker design, so as you walk you can reach further in front of you and the crutch rocks you forward. This makes it easy and FASTER to walk than on regular crutches; (6) ROCKER-TYPE UNDERARM REST: The underarm rest also pivots forward and backwards and twists from left to right. This makes it very natural to walk. As you extend the crutch in front of you, the pad stays under your arm, and the tube moves forward. Great idea!; (7) MESH-TYPE UNDERARM REST: The rest is made of rubber and is perforated so you don't sweat. Brilliant.; (8) SPRING-LOADED UNDERARM RESTS: The underarm rests are spring-loaded and act as shock absorbers when you walk. You almost "float" as you walk, when compared to regular crutches.
On the other side of the ledger, here are some of the downfalls: (1) INSTABILITY: Because the underarm rest turns left and right, there can be some instability when you are walking. I got used to walking on regular crutches for 3 weeks and then had to relearn how to walk with the mobilegs. The great freedom comes with a slight price, and that is a tiny bit of instability. I wouldn't discourage anyone from buying because of this, but it takes a few days of practice to make sure you don't "twist" the top of the crutch as you walk. It would be nice if there was some way to lock the top of the underarm rest so it didn't turn laterally; (2) LOUDNESS: These crutches can be louder on floors when you walk. The clickity-clackity of the spring-loaded mounts are louder (not by much) than regular crutches. This could be fixed easily by a different design; (3) MINIMALIST: There is no where to put a small pouch or bag. With my regular crutches I had purchased a small pouch strapped to it. Because these crutches are so minimal in design and have only one tube, it wasn't possible to strap anything to it. No big deal; (4) BINDING: I agree that sometimes the spring-loaded mechanism sticks. I haven't had the need to do it, but a little oil would probably fix this. The manufacturer should oil them before shipping.
I have another 1 week to go, or so, before I can get off the crutches. If you are going to be on crutches for an extended period of time, more than 3 weeks, I would definitely recommend purchasing these crutches. I can honestly say that when I finally put them down, I'll be a bit sad to see my mobilegs gather dust in my closet. Ok, not really. Good luck to all and a speedy recovery!