Axillary crutches are dangerous because they compress and damage veins and valves, which can lead to blood pressure and other heart related problems.
Improper use of axillary crutches can result in a sevenfold increase in force on the veins. Axillary crutches slip out, causing the user to slouch down against the underarm pad and operate the crutches from their armpits, causing vein compression.
Cardiologists have suggested the damaged veins and valves caused by axillary crutches have a cumulative effect similar to the way increased smoking shortens life expectancy.
The Hope Crutch is the only
underarm crutch that does not contact the axillary vein, valves, and nerves under the front of the armpit.