How to use pipe insulation to make cushy padding for crutches
My husband is on crutches for the first time. His biggest complaint has been sore elbows from hitting himself with the back of the crutch. Padding seemed like it might help. Putting pipe insulation over the aluminum tubing spare the elbows and provides very cushy padding on the hand grips.
Update: Sadly the cushy aspect of the hand grips is temporary. The insulation permanently squishes in time... but it's nice for a while (a week?) and is easily replaced.
You will need:
One length of pipe insulation (available in hardware stores). It comes in lots of sizes. I used 3/8 inch thick... around a 1 inch hole.
Optional: 3M Vetrap (or sticks-to-itself stretchy athletic bandage)