Intro: Padding Crutches
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.
Step 1: Materials Needed
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)
Use the scissors to cut a length of insulation to fit the upper length of the crutch.
Split it open along the precut slit - I used my thumb
Put it on the crutch
Use electrical tape at both ends to secure it.
Cut a piece of insulation the length of the hand grips.
Split it open, and push it onto the hand grip. It won’t go all the way around.
It seems to stay on OK without tape. But if you want to secure it and add texture, 3M Vetrap works very well.