10 (Im)Practical Uses for Crutches

By Megan Weyrauch on March 3, 2013

I broke my ankle about two months ago and have been hobbling around on crutches ever since. Along the way, I have found other convienent uses for crutches.

1. To flush a public toilet

Toilets are gross. Why use your foot when you can use your crutch?

2. As a purse holder

No hook in the bathroom? Lean your crutch on the wall and hang your purse from it. Works like a charm!

3. To get the attention of a napper

Need something from the kitchen, but don’t want to get up? Use your crutch to poke your sleeping neighbor one couch over (you may want to use a different crutch from the one used for #1, unless the neighbor is an enemy).

4. To rock yourself in a chair

Why sit uncomfortably on the edge of your chair when you can sink into its awaiting arms and let your crutches do the work?

5. To get ahead in line

Nothing says “I can’t stand in line this long” like a pair of crutches. When I went to the movies last night with my boyfriend, Kevin, we were offered a better place in line.

6. For low-scale pole vaulting

This just sounds awesome.

7. To reach the chocolate milk

We keep the Nesquik® on the top shelf at my house; it’s a bitter shame.

8. For scooping

If for some reason you cannot (or simply do not want to) bend over, use your crutch to scoop things off the floor for you (i.e. shoes, your cat).

9. As a conversation starter

People are extremely curious. They will ask what happened to your leg and BOOM: new friends.

10. As giant chopsticks

In case you’re a giant wanting to eat Chinese food the right way.


Image source: http://www.atfmb.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/crutches.jpg


Hello! I served as the Director of News/Managing Editor for Uloop News from 2013 until 2017. I recruited writers, edited many articles, managed interns, and led our National Team. When I'm not writing or editing, I love to take part in community theater, read, and enjoy the outdoors with my husband Kevin. I have a Bachelor's degree in English and Professional Writing from Ohio State University and an M.Ed. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Wright State University.

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