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A crutch enabled a person whose leg(s) had been injured to remain upright while walking.

Colonel Thaddius Riker was on crutches following his injury at the Battle of Pine Mountain, during the American Civil War in 1864. (VOY: "Death Wish")

In 1986, a man using a crutch was standing in Mercy Hospital's hallway. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

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