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How to Choose a Walker?

When it comes to choosing a walker, you may come across a plethora of options. Not only do different walkers serve different purposes, but they also come with a range of features. Due to this, making a choice can be extremely difficult and overwhelming. However, by understanding the basics of walkers and by learning about their different features, you will be equipped to choose the right aid.

Choose a Knee Walker if You Suffer from an Upper Leg or Knee Injury

Knee walkers work well for those who have conditions that necessitate the resting of one leg. Knee walkers look like scooters that are foot-propelled; so, this will require the patient to use his/her healthy leg actively.

Choose the Right Size

When you choose a mobility device, make sure you choose an appropriate size. If you pick a size that is too big or too small, you will likely end up with a walker that will not serve your requirements. To find the right fit, follow this procedure:

Bend your elbow and position yourself in the mobility device. Relax your arms and put them by the grips. Let the elbows bend approximately 15 degrees. The hands must be in line with the grips.
Also, if the walker fits correctly, the wrist’s crease should be in line with the top of the walker’s grip.

Pick a Grip

Choosing the right grip is important as this will assist you in supporting your weight. The grip is going to take the pressure from your joints and decrease the chance of damage to the joint. Moreover, the grip will assist you in holding onto the walker.

In case you suffer from a condition that could make you lose hold of your grip, choose a rubber grip.
In case you have sweaty hands, choose a plastic grip.

Grips made of foam are comfortable but can also get dirty easily.
Before you use a walker, ensure that the grip is secure and will not slide.


Pick a Foldable Walker

If you are someone who travels often, certain walkers come with various levels of portability and foldability. You can pick your device partially depending upon whether its level of portability will be suitable for you.

In case you are not planning to leave the house too often, a walker with limited portability will do.
Before you make a final decision about a walker, you must consult a medical professional. Your doctor after considering your health status can suggest a mobility aid that will suit your needs. While consulting your general practitioner, you must also talk to an orthopedic specialist. If you have to be on the go all the time, you can hire a non-emergency medical transportation service. These services offer wheelchair access and can make the travel experience extremely comfortable. One of the best ways to find a good provider is to search online. All reputed companies have an online presence where you can book a ride through their website.


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