There are various types of walkers that you should be familiar with:
- Standard – this walker has 4 legs that can be adjusted depending on the needs of the individual. The hand rests must be the same level as the hip. The walker is moved by lifting upwards and positioning the legs flat on the ground a single step at a time. When this type is used, the individual should have sufficient strength in the upper arms, decent balance and capability to move it correctly.
- Walker built with wheels – this walker might have 2 wheels in front and 2 legs in the rear or built with 4 wheels with breaks in the back. The walker is pushed in the direction the individual wants to go. It is stopped by pushing down on the rear legs.
- Walker with a seat – this type can hold an individual weighing up to 300 pounds. It works in the same manner as the type built with wheels.
How to use one correctly
When using a walker, it is vital to keep the head up and stay within the frame and place equal pressure on both sides at the same time. This helps in maintaining balance as well as preventing falls.
- Always check the rubber tips of the walker if they are not worn out. They must be replaced if needed.
- The walker should not be more than the length of 1 step in front while walking. There is not enough support if the walker is moved too far ahead.
- Avoid stepping too far into the walker while walking.
- Do not lean on the device when moving up or sitting down.