Tips On Choosing and Using Walkers
Author: Nicholas Sutedja Date Posted:22 May 2018
Walkers are a simple tool that can be used to keep yourself moving and it’s compact enough that you can bring it anywhere that you want. But it can sometimes be hard choosing the right walkers and even when you do choose the right ones they need to be used effectively.
So what are the right walkers? How can you use them effectively? Let’s find out.
Types of walkers
Depending on your needs you can be recommended a variety of walkers by your doctor or therapist. There are five types of walkers.
Your standard walker are those with four non-skid, rubber-tipped legs that provide you with stability. In order to move you’ll need to physically pick it up.
If you want one with wheels then the two-wheel walker has wheels on its two front legs, which is helpful if you need some help, but not constantly.
A three-wheel walker is more lighter and more flexible than a four-wheel walker and for the most part it’s usually for those who don’t need to lean on the walker for balance.
Finally a knee walker is similar to a scooter except that it has a platform where you can rest your knees.
So now that you know the different types of walkers that are available what tips can you use to make sure that you find the right one?
Most walkers comes with plastic grips, but other alternatives are available as well. If your hand tends to get sweaty then perhaps foam grips or soft grips covers would be something for you to consider.
If you have joint pains, nerve problems or other issues with your fingers then you might want to consider buying a larger grip.
By choosing the correct grip you will relieve unnecessary stress on the joints which will also help prevent joint deformities. Also ensure that the grip you purchase is secure so that while using the walker you don’t slip.
Another thing to consider is that your walker needs to fit your arms comfortably to reduce stress on your shoulders and back while using the walker.
But how do you know if the height of the walker is correct? To do so step inside the walker and check your elbow bend. It should bend at a comfortable angle of about 15 degrees. Then check your wrist height and see if the top of the walker grip lines up with the crease of your wrist.
It is also worth noting that while you’re using the walker that you don’t lean over the walker. Stay upright as you move as this will help protect your back; always step into the walker rather than behind it and don’t push the walkers too far in front of you.
Small steps and slow movements are the key to using the walkers especially on slippery, carpeted or uneven surfaces and it’s good to wear low-heeled shoes that have grips on the soles.
So with all that information you’re ready to buy your first walker. Here at AMS we have a wide variety of manual walkers along with other types of mobility products.
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