People need walkers for a variety of reasons. Shortness of breath, arthritic pain, inability to walk and carry objects at the same time, fear of falling, fear of being alone and becoming socially isolated – these are only a few. A walker is like any other tool we purchased throughout our lifetime: whether a carpentry tool, kitchen tool, gardening tool, athletic equipment … all purchased according to personal priorities, tasks to be completed, lifestyles, and budgets.
There are three basic reasons someone may need a walking device.
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
Fatigue or decreased endurance:
- Respiratory conditions, shortness of breath
- Deconditioned physical fitness following an extended illness
- Systemic conditions
- Frailness associated with normal aging
- 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 way
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.
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Resource: This is a copy of an official work that is published by AMG Medical. Visit Walker-Facts website for more information