General Guidelines For Using a Walker
How can using a walker help me?
A walker is useful if you are weak or having trouble with balance. If you have an injury, a walker will take the pressure off the injured area. When you take a step with a walker, weight is relieved from your lower body. Your arms help provide support.
How do I know if my walker is the right size for me?
- Stand up straight.
- Wear the shoes you most often use.
- There should be a slight bend in your elbow.
- The top of the walker should be even with the crease of your wrist.
How do I use a walker?
- Place the walker about one step ahead. If your walker has wheels, carefully push the walker about one step ahead.
- Remember to stand up straight.
- Hold on to the top of the walker with both hands. This will help you keep your balance.
- Step off the weaker/affected leg.
- As the heel of that foot touches the ground, finish the step with your good leg.
- Slow, even steps are best. Don’t try to step all the way to the front of the walker.
Never use a walker to climb stairs or on an escalator.
There different accessories for a walker, including padded seats, hand brakes, baskets, or oxygen holders.
Talk with your doctor, physical therapist or nurse if you have any questions or concerns about using your walker.
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