Crutches are medical devices that help people get around when they are unable to walk due to illness or injury. They help support the body weight so that patients can be mobile. The most commonly known type of crutches is the underarm style. A padded top fits under the arm and the patient can lean on handles on the sides so that they can lift one or both feet off the ground. They move the crutches forward and propel themselves in this way. However, these are not the only type of crutches. Other kinds include:

Crutches can be made of various materials, such as wood, metal, steel, titanium and carbon fiber.