Do I Need a Walker?
Physical considerations in choosing
a walking device
There are three basic reasons someone may need a walking device.
1. You cannot stand reliably on one or both of your legs
(decreased weight bearing):
- Fractures that are healing or non-healing
- Wounds that are slow to heal on the feet and lower legs
- Pain related to arthritic conditions and poor circulation
- Hip precautions following surgery
- Amputations (hopping) or walking with a prosthesis
2. Fatigue or decreased endurance:
- Respiratory conditions, shortness of breath
- Deconditioned physical fitness following an extended illness
- Systemic conditions
- Frailness associated with normal aging
3. Poor balance:
- Neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or diabetic neuropathy
- Inner ear disturbances
- Low blood pressure
- Slow reflexes to changes in position or body sway
For some people the reason for choosing a walker is clear and easily identified. However, often there is a complex mixture of these three reasons which complicates the selection of a walker. A therapist should be able to assist you in determining your need for a walker and the correct walker for you.
Additional considerations in choosing a walker...
Do I need a therapist to buy a walker?
How do I find a therapist?
You’ll need to consider much more than physical ability.
What about the environment and social supports?
And if so, how do you find a therapist?
We have a number of associations you may contact.
You have options and we have recommendations.
There is also financial assistance available to you.
From basic activities to common mistakes, here’s a guide to help you use your non-wheeled walker or wheeled walker safely and effectively.
Commonly given answers. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to contribute and help others.
Professionally prepared resources that offer guidance to a successful thought process based on past experiences.
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