Silence Those Loud Crutches

Five weeks on crutches changes the way you see things. Everything from architectural accessibility to time management becomes an issue.

Other things are just annoying, like the sore armpits and the loud crutches. My family and coworkers quickly noticed my click-clack as I hobbled around, and I soon found the adjustable bars of my ubiquitous gray crutches were the source.

After some thinking, I realized a quick application of masking tape could solve the problem. Once around at the base, and again at the locking button – then repeat on the other crutch. It worked better than I thought, and remained in use for the duration of my need. A better look could be achieved with duct tape, or perhaps go festive with colored electrical tape.

The important thing is to be creative, and enjoy using your crutches in silence.

Happy modding!


By Chad Norman

Chad is a marketing and branding strategist, proven leader, speaker, founder, and author. As COO of Catch Talent, he leads day-to-day operations including finance, human resources, marketing, and communications, as well as directs all employer brand client deliverables. Prior to Catch, Chad was VP of Marketing & Communication at SPARC, he served on the senior leadership team and lead marketing and communication strategy across all products and services. At Blackbaud, the leading provider of nonprofit technology solutions, Chad managed digital marketing and online training teams. In 2016, Chad founded DisruptHR Charleston, a bi-annual gathering of HR professionals for a night of networking and Ignite talks. His book, 101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: A Field Guide, was published by Wiley in February 2012. Chad has presented at dozens of industry events including SXSW, SHRM, DisruptHR, IHRIM, NTC, DMA, AFP, and BBCON and has lectured at Wake Forest University, Indiana University, University of Michigan, College of Charleston, and The Citadel.


  1. Your solution is exactly what I needed! I nearly gave up, thinking this just isn’t talked abou! I’m going to do this as soon as I can. Thank You!

  2. This helps so much, thank you, my original idea was to put string through the holes that the buttons come out of, but i couldn’t find any string

  3. Such a great hack! I might be able to hobble into work without EVERYONE stopping to stare at me. Thank you!

  4. Thank God! My BF crutching around was driving me nutz and waking me up if he got up in the middle of the night. This works!

  5. Thank you!! I’m late to this party but will be on these crutches for the next 2-3 months, and this really helped. I used clear packing tape. Truly invaluable hack here!!

  6. Great idea, thanks. Will give it a go.
    I figured the noise was coming from the sliding poles. Another thing that helped reduce the click-clacking from the stallion was to rotate the buttons around into opposite holes. Although didn’t completely eliminate the sound, but reduced considerably (on mine at least).

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