Elders and those with limited lower body strength find it challenging to move around by themselves. Medical walkers are designed to assist them in providing a good deal of independence and the safety and support required. Adult walkers keep users balanced when walking or standing. Various health conditions like weak muscles, osteoporosis, chronic arthritis, and/or injuries cause ambulatory issues for some people.
When choosing a walker, it is mandatory to make sure the option you prefer to have must fulfill all your basic needs and, if possible most of your wants. The ideal walker could be selected by keeping the following points in mind -
To know how to use a walker properly, you first need to understand how to stand in one. Make sure you note and practice the following points to ensure proper use of a walker -
Your elbows should bend at a comfortable angle of about 15 degrees. Check your wrist height. Stand inside the walker and relax your arms at your sides. The top of the walker grip should line up with the crease on the inside of your wrist.
Although it is common to put tennis balls on walkers' legs, we do not recommend it as this is an unhygienic and unsightly practice. One alternate to that can be using walker gliders. These are manufactured to withstand rough use and protect the walker's base while allowing individuals to use it without having to lift the walker.
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Basic walkers are the most common type of walkers, and are available in heavy duty (bariatric) and pediatric styles. A basic walker has no wheels and therefore are more stable than wheeled walkers. These walkers are best used on indoors.
Wheeled walkers are appropriate for those who require a little extra support for walking. These walkers can have two-or four wheels as per the user’s requirement.
The decision of which type of walker to select requires a careful thought on the following:
Types of walkers include:
For those patients who get tired very easily and frequently walker with seats are very useful. A seat is added for the user convenience. In some models the seat is foldable so as to provide proper room for users to walk.
Also popularly called 'gutter frames' feature forearm troughs or gutters that allow users to bear weight through their forearms rather than hands. Thus gutter frames are helpful if the user has arthritis in the hands or have broken your hand or wrist. The troughs and handgrips can be adjusted to find the most suitable and comfortable position. Alternatively, some walkers have a platform rather than individual gutter rests on which to rest the forearms and a vertical handgrip. High or forearm walkers may be wheeled or non-wheeled.