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When a health problem arises or if your gait becomes unstable, a walker can help you maintain your autonomy while reducing the risk of a fall. Read on to discover the different kinds of walking aids and some advice if you’re thinking of buying one.
A walker consists of a lightweight metal frame with four points of contact, either with or without wheels. The person uses it by lifting or pushing the walker forward. Walkers are useful for people with a functional limitation, for example, those who often experience shortness of breath, who suffer arthritic pain or muscle weakness, or have balance problems.
There are four main types of walkers:
It is crucial to adjust the height of the walker to avoid placing unnecessary stress on your shoulders and back. When adjusting the walker height, make sure you are wearing your everyday shoes.
To determine the correct height, stand straight within the frame of the walker, arms hanging loosely by your sides. The top of the walker frame should be level with the crease in your wrist.If you’re thinking of buying a walking aid for yourself or a loved one, your pharmacy may have a section of products to try out or order and you can get them adjusted properly. Some provinces even offer programs to help pay for walking devices. Check with your doctor or pharmacy team to know if such a program exists in your province.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.