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How Much Do Crutches Cost?

 
low costWith Insurance: $5-$100+average costBasic Crutches: $15-$40high costForearm, Folding or Hands-Free: $40-$450
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  Typical costs:
  • Without health insurance, crutches typically cost $15 to $40 for basic axillary crutches -- the most common type that fit under the arms -- in wood or aluminum; or $40 to $100 or more for deluxe forearm crutches and folding crutches, typically made of metal; or $450 or more for a hands-free crutch.
  • Basic crutches usually are covered by health insurance when necessary -- such as when a patient has an injury that interferes with mobility. However, health insurance typically will not cover higher-end crutches such as the hands-free crutch unless needed. For example, CIGNA[1] will cover the hands-free crutch for a patient who is physically unable to use basic crutches or a walker.
  • With health insurance, the typical cost of crutches would consist of a copay or coinsurance for durable medical goods that could range from less than $5 to $100 or more, depending on the type of crutches.
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What should be included:
  • Axillary crutches usually are made of wood or metal and have a pad made of rubber or another soft material that fits under the armpit; midway down, they have hand grips, and, on the bottom, rubber tips.
  • Forearm crutches typically are made of metal and have a plastic cuff that fits around the forearm, as well as a hand grip and, on the bottom, a rubber tip.
  • A hands-free crutch -- such as the iWALKFree crutch[2] -- can be used by people with an injury to one lower leg; it straps onto the injured leg and supports the knee, allowing the user to walk without holding onto the crutch.
Additional costs:
  • Replacement rubber arm pads, hand grips and tips come in kits[3] that cost about $10.
Discounts:
  • Some local or regional nonprofits have programs that provide free, short-term (three- to four-month) loans of crutches and other medical equipment. For example, Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota has a medical equipment loan program, as does HELP Adult Services[4] in Omaha, Nebraska. You can locate a local chapter of Easter Seals through EasterSeals.com[5] , or contact your county health department for a referral to a local program.
Shopping for crutches:
  • Crutches can be purchased at many drug stores or pharmacies, as well as online at sites such as Amazon[6] or DrugStore.com[7] , or through medical supply companies such as Allegro Medical[8] or The Medical Supply Group.
  • Products that have received good customer reviews include: Carex Push Button Aluminum Crutches[9] , Medline Aluminum Forearm Crutches[10] , and Millenial Crutch In-Motion Pro Ergonomic Folding Crutches[11] .
  • With crutches, fit is important and most crutches are adjustable. eMedicineHealth.com[12] has an overview on crutches and getting the proper fit.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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External Resources:
  1.  /cignaforhcp.cigna.com/public/content/pdf/coveragePolicies/medical/mm_0050_coverageposi...
  2.  iwalk-free.com/
  3.  www.medplususa.com/list-product_info-p-Graham_Field_Crutch_Accessory_Kit_Each-pid-9300....
  4.  www.helpadultservices.org/HELP.html
  5.  www.easterseals.com/connect-locally/
  6.  www.amazon.com/s/qid=1277162219/ref=sr_pg_1?ie=UTF8&bbn=3776741&rh=n%3A3760901%2Cn%3A%2...
  7.  www.drugstore.com:80/search/search_results.asp?N=0&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial&Ntk=All&s...
  8.  www.allegromedical.com/crutches-c5009.html
  9.  www.amazon.com/Carex-Button-Aluminum-Crutch-Adult/dp/B000AEGCM6/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=hp...
  10.  www.amazon.com/Medline-Aluminum-Forearm-Crutches-Adult/dp/B00083DFOW/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8...
  11.  www.allegromedical.com/crutches-c5009/millennial-crutch-ergonomic-folding-crutches-p216...
  12.  www.emedicinehealth.com/crutches/page3_em.htm
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