The Ability Superstore - Helping me Move
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The Ability Superstore – Helping me Move

I can't remember the last time I moved freely and without pain, even going back into my younger years I suffered a lot of back pain, while for many years it was something I could bear to live with. These days it has gone way past that point and some days just making it from the bed to the sofa in the next room feels like I have won a gold medal.

I had been lucky that I have been able to bring in aids and adaptations which while it doesn't fix things does make some parts of life easier. In the past, I always used to use wooden sticks, for when I needed to stretch my legs to help keep me balanced and stable.

The Ability Superstore Blue Soft Grip Comfort Handle Crutches

The Ability Superstore – Helping me Move

In fact, I have used sticks for many years now and I remember quite clearly when I got them saying “wouldn't crutches be better?”However, I was told oh no sticks should be fine and while I won't dispute, for many, sticks would be great, for me I found them more of a hindrance in some ways.

Since my early teens, I've had a tremor, it started off only slight and only really became more of a problem when I hit around my mid-twenties, prior to then I had even been able to even make beaded jewellery when it wasn't too bad.

The Ability Superstore Blue Soft Grip Comfort Handle Crutches

Sadly as the years have passed it has gotten worse and of course, if I'm having a bad fibromyalgia or fatigue day when it comes to pain, the shakes kick up a gear as well. Now you might be wondering what that has to do with crutches, well I found that shaking hands, on a stick meant to steady you, didn't really work. So I always wondered if that fact you also used your arm to steady yourself with a pair of crutches would help, and kindly The Ability Superstore allowed me to find out.

Soft Grip Comfort Handle Crutches

They kindly gifted a pair of Soft Grip Comfort Handle Crutches in blue (they come in a choice of 4 colours). These crutches are adjustable both in the length of the stick and between the cuff and the handle.

The Ability Superstore Blue Soft Grip Comfort Handle Crutches

The first thing I noticed about this pair of crutches was the handle, made of a soft material it has been made to fit into the hand comfortable, thus offering a better grip than I even had on my sticks. They are also really quite lightweight coming in at just 1.4lbs, which I am pretty sure is a lot lighter than my sticks ever used to be.

With everything going on around at the moment I haven't been able to give these crutches a good try in different conditions (I just haven't had the energy). However, they do seem to be well made, are comfortable on the hands and arms, as far as I have managed to test them and seem like they will be a great alternative to my sticks.

The Ability Superstore Blue Soft Grip Comfort Handle Crutches

The only niggle I've had so far is they came without instructions on how to change the sizing and while it didn't take us too long to work it out, a guide with how best to size them in both areas I think would have made a great addition.

If you are looking to get yourself some accessories to help you around the home, or when out and about, I would definitely suggest giving The Ability Superstore a look. For those who chronically sick or disabled, they do also offer VAT exemption on many of the items.

What do you think of my crutches, have you or do you use walking aids?

I received the items in this post free of charge to help with this post.


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This article has 117 comments

  1. Ella

    Yes sometimes sticks,sometimes crutch depends on what sort of day my MS is throwing me.

  2. Jeanette E.

    These look great! I love the vivid color and the adjustable height. The comfort grips have to be a must-have for hand pressure. I would love a set of these for my son! He’s ambulatory but uses a wheelchair for distance too. I’ve considered something like this and will definitely check out their website!

  3. Stacie

    You are such a strong person. I can’t imagine living with a chronic thing like that and just pushing on. You are inspiring. I’m glad you were able to find a place that carries the products you need to keep living your life as close to the way you want as possible. <3

  4. Bethany

    My Nan uses walking aids due to her M.E. I’m so sorry you’ve had to suffer with these illnesses, but I hope that these crutches atleast provide some comfort in moving around.

  5. cristinaleau

    You are really strong. I can’t even imagine how hard it is. I’m happy you found this place, and it’s a bit more easy to walk. Good luck with your life and have a great day.

  6. Jessica Taylor

    I had a friend in high school who used sticks and she was faster than I was! I can definitely see how beneficial they can be!

  7. Cherri Megasko

    It’s great that you have alternatives to use, depending on your needs that day. These look comfortable – or at least as comfortable as crutches can be.

  8. jmanandmillerbug

    There was a girl I went to college with that needed something like this. It always look like it would’ve been at least a little bit uncomfortable to use them. This one looks much better. It looks like it has been improved upon a lot since I went to college.

  9. Evelyn, PathofPresence

    So admire your strength, dear One! I am glad that these make it easier for you to get around and celebrating mobility and the ability to carry forth and carry on! Blessing you, Evelyn <3

  10. Audrey

    I cannot begin to imagine the pain and immobility you have had to endure! It looks like The Ability Superstore has aided you in being more mobile. Hopefully they’ll begin to add a guide for users in the near future!

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It is so nice, I mean I hate being in a wheelchair – the amount of times someone has hit me with a bag urgh! But I know I have to be a lot of the time but at least this lets me stretch my legs.

  11. Amber

    I’m glad there’s a place that can help when you need it. These look like sturdy crutches. I’m sorry you move with pain!


    I also have M.E/C.F.S as it is now called , and fibro, anything that can help us with mobility is brilliant, I would struggle gripping the handles as on a bad day I cannot even hold a pen pencil/knife fork. Well done on such a brilliant website, I love it!

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I have to admit I am the same, I remember the first time I couldn’t hold a pen like yesterday I was out with my Mum and friend and they were doing some crafting I just stood up and hobbled off, I bought a pack of cigarettes (I had given up 6 months prior) which made it 100 times worse as the cigarette tasted awful! So then I was crying over the fact I couldn’t hold a pen anymore and I couldn’t smoke as it tasted awful! I laugh now at the cig bit I have to say.

  13. Yeah Lifestyle

    It must be so difficult to be in pain and not being able to move freely and easily around, so glad you found these crutches and they are bright and beautiful as well. Hopefully they will include an instruction in the future.

  14. Globalmouse (@globalmouse1)

    I love that colour. It’s brilliant that there are more funky colours than just grey around. I’m so sorry you’re having to live with this though and hope these help.

  15. Destany

    I can’t begin to imagine what you go through from day-to-day. But anything that makes it easier for you is a good thing in my book! I love that bright, vivid shade of blue.

  16. Shannon: Life Between Summers

    I will be sharing your post with a family member of mine. I think she’d be interested in taking a look at this. Thank you for your candor and sharing your review.

  17. Caitlin + Dani

    Wow! These crutches must be a real game changer for you. We are so happy to hear that you are getting the support you need.

  18. irishred13

    I’m glad you found something that works for you and is comfortable. My friend struggles with MS and I know it is difficult to find crutches that work.

  19. Margaret Gallagher

    Vital to get the support on OFFER

  20. Debra Hawkins

    I love that there is a place that is really set on helping people! What a great place to find the things you n eed!

  21. Nuala R

    I have crutches too but they are hospital ones so hurt my hands. Most of the time I get away with one. But on bad days it’s too. At a Fibromyalgia group I met someone with gel super soft handled walking stick. But when I checked cost it was too much for something without really knowing it will help. I find it frustrating the cost of aids. I was diagnosed last year as Autistic and would benefit no end if I had a weighted blanket but they are either expensive or they are in America and would cost loads to ship here
    Sorry feeling frustrated had a car accident a month ago which has triggered my sciatica and Fibromyalgia is joining in.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It is crazy how much some can cost isn’t it – I have to admit I was looking at pair that are really adjustable and they were nearly £100 a pair! These are under £50 with VAT relief, which is still quite a bit but better than £100s.

  22. sara lafountain

    I am so glad that you found the Ability Superstore! I had never heard of it before. I have two sons with auto immune illnesses so I am sure I can find some items to help them too.

  23. Andrea

    you are incredibly strong. beyond inspiring and i am so happy you found something that helps you move easier. thanks for being so vulernable.

  24. Kelly @ XterraWeb

    This product looks wonderful and so comfortable. I’ve had to use crutches once, and they were uncomfortable and made it hard to do anything. These look like they would be a huge improvement over crutches both in comfort and what you are able to do while using them.

  25. Alison Rost

    It’s good you found what works best for you. I think it’s something that people should consider using over crutches. It looks more comfy.

  26. rhianwestbury

    It’s good that the handles are soft, I’m sure you’ll have a chance to use them out and about soon x

  27. TheSuperMomLife

    I am so glad that you found something that works so well for you. I can’t imagine living with chronic pain. Stay strong!

  28. My Dee Dee's Diary

    These look amazing. It is so encouraging to see that there is a company making products to enable others to be more mobile.

  29. Rabindro

    I would call your clutches the silverline wherein humanity and technology has wonderfully merged.

  30. Emma Matthews

    It must be horrible living with chronic pain – I can’t imagine. I bet The Ability Superstore are a great resource for you.

  31. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    I’m really sorry to read that you have to live with such chronic pain, I can’t even imagine how hard that must be. It’s great that you found these crutches so helpful. They look very sturdy.

  32. Eva

    I have never heard about the Ability Superstore, but I will spreading the word about them. It must be wonderful being able to use these. It must be incredibly hard for you. Sending best wishes xx

  33. countryheartdeb

    I cant even imagine what you go through – i used crutches when i had SPD and that was enough for me. You are so strong!

  34. kathyssavings1

    It’s nice to see a product out there like this. I’m sorry to hear about your pain. I have a friend who is in pain often as well. I’m going to show her this and hopefully she can try them out too.

  35. Wanda Lopez

    Loving that color and I also love that they are not boring gray. I’m glad you are getting the help you need for this time in your life.

  36. myrabevlife

    Oh Sarah, I didn’t realise you suffered from such bad chronic pain, glad there some aids that are helping make it more bearable.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I try not to talk about it a lot, this is meant to be a happy place after all for me haha! But I guess in some ways sometimes it helps to talk about it.

  37. Hannah

    These look very good. Love the color of them too

  38. Akamatra

    I am a glad you found something to help you out. Chronic pain really is no fun at all!

  39. Kim Lee (@KimsCravings)

    What a great topic to bring awareness to. I’m so glad you are finding relief.

  40. Vanessa Delia

    Although I am not familiar with using them myself, I know how much of a pain they can be. Those look super comfy though!

  41. Adaleta Avdić

    So glad these were such a big help to you. It’s always nice to find something that works well for you.

  42. Kara

    I have used the ability superstore a couple of times now and they are very helpful

  43. Amy

    Glad that you have found crutches that are good for you and that are such a big help to you. xx

  44. Lynndee

    I have seen a friend’s friend using something like this before. I’m sorry about your pain. And I’m glad you found something that really works great for you.

  45. candicenikeia

    You are such an inspiration to so many! I love that these are beautiful royal blue and bright, just like your heart!

  46. john prendergast

    I can feel for you. My wife suffers from chronic fatigue and she has good to very bad days she has sticks in the house but we also bought a second hand mobility scooter which is a godsend

  47. Angela Milnes

    They look so sturdy and well made. That is very important when it comes to this stuff.

  48. A S,Edinburgh

    I really like the Ability Superstore, and I’m looking into mobility aids at the moment.. I’m glad the crutches seem to be working out for you so far.

  49. HilLesha

    I don’t have fibromyalgia, but I know a few people who has it. Something like this would probably benefit them!

  50. Claudia Krusch

    It’s great to have options! Hope things work well! Glad you’ve found crutches that work for you!

  51. lavandamichelle

    It is always nice to find things that help. These are the most stylish crutches I’ve ever seen. Thanks for sharing.

  52. bskye7

    thank you for sharing your experience – I hope your energy levels get better soon and you get to try these out x

  53. Angela Ricardo

    Thank you for sharing your story and also for the recommendation. You are absolutely amazing and such a strong woman. I admire you for that. I will definitely recommend this for hubby to pass along his veteran friends cos I know a lot of them can find great use for this.

  54. WhatLauraLoves

    Its great that you’ve found a design with comfortable handles, hopefully they’ll help you to be moving around soon xxx

  55. Joanna

    I am so sorry to read that you are struggling so much and are unable to do things that most of us take for granted, like walking without pain. The crutches look nice and it’s nice to hear that they are soft and comfortable. It’s also admirable that the store gives VAT exemptions as well.

  56. toughcookiemommy

    I think the cushioned handles make a big difference. I use a cane due to having four herniated disks and I know how important it is to have that extra support.

  57. Rachel Craig

    Thanks for the information regarding the Ability Superstore. Good of them to be so supportive to you. It can be difficult and time consuming:- When attempting to find the most appropriate aids, adaptions, etc. Best Wishes!

  58. lukewarm6

    It’s difficult to find sticks or crutches that don’t kill your hands after a few minutes

  59. Kayleigh Watkins

    They sound a lot better to help you get around, they should come with a sizing manual, I will have to check their website out as my fiance is struggling at the moment, especially the stairs who is a pain as we only have a bathroom upstairs, although he’s quite stubborn so may resist aides xXx

  60. Veronica Lee

    I love that you can get them in different colours. Glad you’ve found crutches that work for you!

  61. ellen beck

    I am glad you found a device to help you. Oddly, I have the same type tremors, they really for a better word suck. They cause typos (in case you see it happen) I am on meds but there are times of the day nothing is working. I used to be a quilter and even in school was into art so much so I had a scholarhip. Those days are gone :/

  62. Robert Price

    I’m okay for now but what knows what the future holds

  63. Lowen Puckey

    I have just started using crutches this year, so I’m still in the learning stage – look forward to reading more! Lowen @ livingpositivelywithdisability

  64. Nigel Soper

    Great article; I’ve found that ability aids prices can vary hugely for very similar products and it’s always helpful to have positive opinions of suppliers from others.

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