Over time, pressure on your underarms can cause painful blisters and sores on the skin. Sometimes, even if you take great care not to rub or chafe, discomfort and pain still happen and must be relieved.
Here are a few simple suggestions on how to improve this situation:
#1 Wear Sleeves
When you put on a coat in the morning, wear long sleeves under your crutches. This will help protect your skin from rubbing and it also helps prevent chafing from clothing that might irritate the area.
#2 Apply Creams & Powders
Blisters can be quite painful and using a variety of creams and powders could help. Petroleum jelly, talcum powder and corn starch are commonly used under the arms to keep skin dry, minimize chafing and reduce friction that can cause blisters.
#3 Reduce Sweating
If you find that your skin is hot and sweaty underneath your crutches, use a deodorant (or anti-perspirant) to help keep you dry. Be sure to choose the right product. If you need help, ask your pharmacist for advice on an antiperspirant suitable for use with crutches.
#4 Change Crutch Pads
If there’s nothing wrong with the skin under your arms, but it still hurts when you’re using crutches, try changing out the crutch pads on your crutches. If you’re using armrest covers, try replacing them with the slip-on type instead. This will give you more padding and protection between your skin and the rubber of the crutch pads.
If you find that your underarms are still getting tender, irritated or bruised when you’re using your crutches, consider adding padding to the area. Padding covers are available in a wide range of styles and designs that can be attached right over your existing pads.