Hook Hands, Peg Legs and Eye Patches (and maybe parrots)


Gong Life Care Solutions -  Assistive Technology | Mobility Aids | KMINA CrutchesHook Hands, Peg Legs and Eye Patches (and maybe parrots)

Not a fashion statement!

In a fabulous pirate blog called the Pirate Empire, author TS Rhodes notes that whenever someone wants to create a pirate costume or drawing of a pirate, the first thing they do (well, maybe after the tricorn hat and the parrot) is to add a patch, a peg leg or a hook . How come?

She goes on to say that in fact,  all of these things were real in the 18th century. People really did have pegs for legs and hooks for hands, and wear patches over their eyes. These things were standard medicine at the time. They were, simply, the best way of helping people with disabilities to go on with life after certain injuries.

Rhodes states that some writers chose to make these kinds of disabilities a distinctive mark of their greatest creations, therefore we associate certain disabilities with fictional pirates.

The most famous pirate character – Long John Silver - is often described as having  a wooden leg. But in fact in the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel Treasure Island, he used a crutch.

As we mentioned in an earlier post, crutches in bygone eras were crudely made – simple  wooden "T"s without even a hand grip.  Rhodes relates how actors who have played Silver remark on how painful these crutches are to use. 33 year-old Aussie actor Luke Arnold describes his experience:

        “Although playing a pirate is fun it can also be painful, literally.”

       "I knew it would be a little bit tough being on the sand with a crutch, anything  where I have a lot of action and cover a lot of ground, it was just constantly painful really.”

"Whenever I wasn't on set I'd be in physio, trying to get my alignment back or to sort out the pain in my back and neck and hand that was starting to creep in."


Relief! Crutches aren’t what they use to be!

Fortunately using crutches to walk these days, is not that bad!

Although people have used them for  thousands of years to assist mobility in cases of injury or permanent disability, there hasn’t been much change to the design of the basic under arm type of crutch.

Gong Life Care Solutions supplies the state-of-the-art adjusting elbow crutches. KMINA crutches are the next generation of crutches. They are a comfortable and pain-free alternative to conventional crutches, enabling users to walk further and walk more safely. KMINA developed this new crutch concept in order to improve the mobility and quality of life of users.

Our video shows people of various ages with various conditions that have required them to use crutches.  The ease of use, comfort and adjustability of the KMINA crutches are very obvious in the video. What’s not so obvious, is that these modern and innovative crutches reduce pain for users.  The KMINA crutches reduce pain in hands, wrists and shoulders, thanks to their revolutionary design -  and speaking of design, the KMINA crutches have a host of comfort and safety features, which include: a shock absorbing system, adjustable handle position, adjustable height, flexible and wide crutch tips, and changeable and washable handle grips. In addition, the tilted forearm support properly distributes the weight of the body.

For further information on our next generation comfortable KMINA crutches, visit   https://gonglcs.com.au/products/kmina-crutches 


  1. The Pirate Empire blog https://thepirateempire.blogspot.com/2014/12/hook-hands-peg-legs-and-eyepatches.html
  2. Shiver Me Timbers, Black Sails actor Luke Arnold on the Perils of Playing a Pirate, https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/89457872/shiver-me-timbers-black-sails-actor-luke-arnold-on-the-perils-of-playing-a-pirate

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