The word of the day is…


Ferrule
(noun – pronounced ferrool) – according to the Oxford English Dictionary and for those of you who are not already in the know, is a ring or cap which strengthens the end of a handle, stick, or tube.

On this occasion, we’re talking about ferrules used on the base of walking sticks and crutches to provide some degree of shock absorbency and protection, as well as helping to reduce the risk of slippage (oh how I love that word! : )                                          

grey ferruleThese pretty obscure looking objects (shown on the left) are standard grey, NHS issue ferrules, as used for crutches, walking sticks and Zimmer frames.

So why the sudden obsession with ferrules, I hear you ask? Well, our friends at ATcare are all set to embark on a series of focus groups to test-drive a newfangled ferrule product, to see how it fares compared to standard ferrules.

I’m keen to take part in the focus group for crutches, as I’m intrigued to find out whether a ferrule alone can really make a difference to me in terms of comfort and safety.

I’ve been using crutches for the past three years now and was extremely frustrated by the fact that my old NHS crutches clicked and were about as comfortable as attempting the London Marathon in a deep sea diving suit. So, that said, I can’t think of a better test than to take my old crutches along and see whether using a different type of ferrule will make any difference.

Rest assured I’ll let you know how I get on, but in the meantime if you’re interested in getting involved too, read on…

Walking stick focus group: 13th August
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Crutches focus group: 20th August

Do you use a walking stick or crutches?
Have you been using them for at least a few months?
Is your use likely to be ongoing?
Can you make the relevant date above?
Are you able to travel to East London?

If the answer to all of the above questions is yes and you would like to find out more, give us a shout or you can make direct contact with Ben from ATcare here.

Team EbD x

PS. ATcare has passed on the following info:

Each focus group will last for two hours, followed by a week’s home trial of the product. After this time, you are free to keep hold of the product for your own use. Expenses, lunch and refreshments will be provided, as well as a small token payment to say thank you for your time.