Last summer I had knee surgery for a running injury, and I went from running 10km for breakfast to hobbling everywhere on crutches. I had to visit the hospital for a post op, and I have never been hit on so many times in my life.
I was not wearing any makeup, I was in my comfy gym sweats, ponytail, lowest maintenance possible. I would chalk it up to strangers being considerate of a hobbling person, but in the 5 hours I spent downtown, I ended up with lunch invitations and guys asking for me number or giving me theirs so "I could call if I needed help with anything like lifting or carrying."
SUMMARY: What is it about crutches or some perceived weaknesses that could motivate this? Is it the damsel in distress thing?