Not all crutches are created equal. The quality, design, materials and workmanship vary as widely as in any other manufacturing industry. Generally speaking, “you get what you pay for.” Price is a good measuring stick to give an indication of quality. Standard crutches that some people buy at drug stores or discount stores are definitely a cheap alternative, but most certainly do not have the features that higher quality crutches have. There are many examples of both on the market, and an educated, discerning consumer will quickly recognize the critical elements prior to making a decision to purchase. When in doubt, ask questions about materials, specifications and references.