Walking Aids | Glamsticks™ & Blue Badge Co | Crutches & Walking Sticks
Crutches With Charisma & Walking Sticks With Style Our Wonderful Walking Aids Will Keep You a Step Ahead!
Today we’re looking at walking aids, specifically walking sticks and crutches. But these are not just any walking aids, oh no. Here at Blue Badge Co we are firm believers that living aids should not be limited to dull, medical items with no personality. We believe that utility needn’t mean utilitarian. Function can be fun, sensible can be stylish practical can be personal.
Make Your Necessities Fabulous Accessories!
For most things that we use every day, we get to choose how we’d like it to look. Our wallets, purses, handbags, phones & phone cases, our umbrellas and our hats. We choose these things to match our taste and our personality and there’s a huge range of options out there!
If you need a walking aid, you’re going to be carrying it with you every day so why wouldn’t you want that to match your personality too?
That’s why we’ve teamed up with Sharon Farley-Mason, the woman behind the fabulous Glamsticks™! Whether it’s a walking stick or crutches you need, between us we’ve got it covered, quite literally! Glamsticks™ are covered in gorgeous rhinestones to add a touch of glamour to what would otherwise be a necessary but let’s face it, unattractive accessory. While our Blue Badge Co Walking sticks are available in variety of vibrant, metallic colours and can be accompanied by gorgeous storage bags to keep them safely and conveniently stored when not in use.
When is a Crutch not a Crutch? When it's a Glamstick™!
First of all, we'll hear from the wonderful Sharon Farley-Mason who's business Glamsticks™ is changing perceptions and experiences of disability by bringing glamour and personality to a very clinical world.
What do you think of when you hear the Word “crutches ” ? Like the majority of the population, you probably have an image of the standard NHS crutches given out when you hurt your leg, well we are here to change things!
Since 2009 Glamsticks™ has been making bespoke crutches. These crutches are functional and also pretty beautiful too. So much so that they are a great fashion accessory to any outfit.
The amazing thing about Glamsticks™ crutches is they are used by all ages & people from all walk’s of life. They are made to measure for each customer so no two pairs or individual crutches are the same.
Glamsticks™ have customers who have a collection of crutches; one lady in particular has around 9 pairs of crutches and counting!
Our service is bespoke, which means the customer gets a say in the design from start to finish. One particular lady has a leopard print design and another lady has multiple images on them such as castles, and a tea cup. It makes the process extremely personal to the individual client.
I have a catalogue for crutch design’s on my website however I am always open to idea’s and suggestions for future projects.
The Crutches also are available as folding item for ease of portability or for those in wheelchairs or just personal preference.
Glamsticks™ Can Help You Feel Unique & More Confident
Over the years I have built up some beautiful friendships through Glamsticks™. As a disabled person and crutch user myself I understand the brief of needing a Crutch. Part of that is
The need to be accepted to feel part of society
Glamsticks™ crutches are something truly special and help people feel unique.
Just a point to remember is that a crutch is quiet slim so don't be too ambitious with your design as some of the details may get lost.
Below is the link for my website, where you will find all the designs and details.
I am fortunate to have achieved many accolades along the way, these include:-
I have just learned that I am a finalist for the Enterprise Vision Awards EVA for woman in business, EVA 2017
Winner of @Jacqueline_Gold #WOW Award April 2016
Winner of BrightPig.com “Business Of The Week” Award May 2016
Winner of Mobility Product of the Year 2011, and voted Top Ten Best Mobility Product 2011
So if you ever find yourself needing to use a Crutch, don’t despair, Glamsticks™ will make you feel like you have a beautiful new accessory on your arm.
Step Out In Style with Blue Badge Co Walking Sticks
If you need a walking stick to help take the weight when you walk, you can rely on our adjustable folding walking sicks. Made of high quality, durable alluminium and with a non-slip rubber ferrule, they will give the support you need reliabley. Just as importantly, your walking stick will be a reflection of your own particular style. With some truly gorgeous shades to choose from, we're sure you'll find one to suit you. Then all you need is a coordinating storage bag to keep it in when out of use. You can really show off your style here as we have a range of truly beautiful fabrics and prints to suit a variety of tastes.
It is important to make sure you choose and use your walking stick correctly, otherwise you could be doing more harm than good. Used correctly your walking stick can improve your posture. Used badly it can cause problems.
How to Measure for Walking Sticks
The following method is recommended by physiotherapists to determine the correct height for a walking stick.
1) Standing upright wearing your usual shoes, let your arms hang naturally by your side.
2)Ask a friend to position the stick next to you with the ferrule resting on the floor and the shaft standing straight beside you.
3)Adjust the length of the stick so that the top of the handle is level with the bump at the bottom of the wrist bone.
4) Check the height, your arm should be slightly bent when holding the handle and your shoulders should be level. A stick that is too high will make your shoulders hunch up. A stick that is too short will make you stoop.
Use Your Stick on the Opposite Side
It is a common mistake to use a walking stick on your weak side. This causes you to lean heavily on the stick on the painful side. The stick should go on the strong side and move with the weak side. Using the walking stick on the opposite side to your injury allows you to shift your weight more to the stronger side.
How to Walk Correctly With a Stick
Move the weak or injured leg and the cane together. This way each side of the body shares the load. As you step forward, your walking stick and the opposite foot should hit the floor at the same time. Then step forward onto the stronger leg, through the middle. This may take practice as it is like having three legs, but persevere as walking this way will mean a smooth and even step, reducing stress on the rest of your body.
When walking up stairs, step up with the stronger leg first and follow with the stick and weaker leg using the stick to help you push up. When walking down, use the stick and weaker leg first. The stick will help take weight off the painful limb.
Maintain Good Posture
Keep your back as straight as you can. Try not to lean too far to one side or too far forward. While it is OK to put weight on the walking stick, try to keep your centre of balance close to the body. As you walk, only swing the stick as far in front of you as your leg would normally reach, so as not to overextend your arm.