Helen Wall - Essex
I ordered a pair of kenny arm band crutches from you two years ago. I have
spina bifida and I have used Canadian style crutches supplied by the nhs all my
life. I have experiencing many problems with different suppliers/designs over
the years but with the last pair snapping, something had to change. I then
discovered the Thomas Fetterman website, and was directed to you. I was
extremely worried about trying something new but in the end I felt I had no
other choice so I sent my measurements drawn on the back of some wallpaper and
waited! As promised 10 weeks later my new crutches arrived and I've never
looked back. It's the best investment I have ever made. The gel grips have made
such a difference to my hands and my wrists and I no longer get as much back
ache. Previous crutches used to clink and squeak as I walked, the biggest
complement was when I went in to work one day and a colleague said - I didn't
hear you coming.
After having to replace the bottoms of previous crutches after a few days, I
decided to purchase a pair of tornado rain tips last year as a back up for when
the first pair wore out. After almost 2 years, I am about to replace them for
the first time.
You may recall that I bought a pair of Fetterman's
Titanium Litestix last summer and I have to say that they have just been
fantastic!In the 9 months I have been using them, I haven't fallen over once
and stumbling occurs very rarely too. They are incredibly comfortable to use,
effectively removing the pains in my arms and shoulders that were beginning to occur
with the old NHS crutches. They also look the part! Over the winter period, the
crutches came into their own. The path outside my front door was covered with a
compacted sheet of ice which
proved very demanding. However, the crutches stayed anchored to the ground,
while my shoes were moving in every direction known to man! I would not have
even attempted going outside
with the old NHS crutches! I think it is fair to say that the crutches have
"saved my bacon" quite a few times over the passed few months. They
have clearly made me more mobile in difficult weather.
Many thanks for your help Best wishes Stuart
SUE HUMPHREYS - SURREY
I just wanted to say how pleased I am with my
purchase of Tornado tips.
I am an above knee amputee and am currently having
physio (again) for my shoulder problems. I felt the difference immediately and
to my amazement within a couple of days started using only the one stick when out of doors.
Previously I always used two for confidence. I attended my Limb fitting Centre
today and spoke to the physios about the ‘tips’ and both the NHS and Private
physios have asked me for leaflets that they could hand out to patients.
Do you have any available?
Thanks again Sue Humphreys
JOHN NASH, BIRMINGHAM
I have only had my crutches a week now but what a
No more noisy rattle when walking , plus I feel
safer on them . I opted for the rain boots on mine thanks to Marks advise, and
I have found I do not slip on wet floors where I did before with my old
crutches. The hand grips are a
joy too fit like a glove already . And I can now get a winter coat on and the
cuff sits up my arm where it should be thanks to the custom made cuffs. A thing
I have never been able to do
with any of my old crutches . With or with out a coat on. Plus all the advise
and tips about care that come with them . Make them the best crutches I have
ever had . Many thanks
STEVE VIRELLI, BOURNEMOUTH
The New Stealth Crutches!!!
I better introduce myself I have been using
crutches all my life due to my hip joints being out of alignment since birth. I
have been pretty fortunate with no real side effects apart from calluses on my
hands until about three years
KEN R ELLIOT - BRISTOL
I was very skeptical!!!
When I first read about the claims being made by
(Mustgetit.com) for the TORNADO crutch tips, I must confess I was very
skeptical. But nothing ventured nothing gained, I decided to give them a try.
Now, having used them for the
past year I would recommend these tips to anyone using crutches on a daily
basis.Not only can you feel the difference immediately,
you also feel much safer as a result of using them, in terms of the extra grip
and comfort these tips provide. They certainly do what they claim, and I can thoroughly endorse them.
DR TIM BOWDEN - ABERDEEN
just been rummiging on the net and ended up at
Fetterman's site. Noticed The new UK distributor and behold!!!
Thought you might be interested. I bought my
Litestix titaniums in September 2003 having got fed up with every other crutch.
I've been on crutches for 25 years.
The adjustable ones 'egg-out' after time and just
become noisy, usually last 6-12 months. The made-to-measure wear around the
handgrip, although they are much better, my last set lasted 3 years. The tips
last from 4 days to 6 weeks, if I'm lucky, by which time they have become slick
and dangerous. That made me decide to try some others. I bought a fancy
coloured set from a website in Florida, lasted 3 months before the cuff fell
apart. Not looking good. Then found Fetterman's website. This was a significant
investment in money and in trying to stop my wrists from falling apart. But
they are worth every penny!!!! I use the performance tips since, as my
father-in-law says, I'm a bit of a biffer!! I am still using the original set
15 months on. The tread started to detach on one but a bit of rubber-solution
glue sorted that. These crutches are heavier that most aluminium sets, but you
soon get used to it and they are just so robust, cuffs and handgrips are excellent.
Just glad I don't have to send to the US for replacement tips anymore. Like the
skins too, very funky, but Ocelot!!!!!! Good luck with the site. I'll put an
order through for tips in a whilst. Tim - Aberdeen