choosing the right walker

Choosing the Right Walker

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
  • Arthritis

Poor balance

  • Neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or diabetic neuropathy
  • Inner ear disturbances
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • 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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What our Clients are Saying

open quotesJust a short note to express my appreciation for all the efforts of one of your staff – Nils, in providing equipment for one of our new home care clients, in a very timely manner. As an AADL authorizer I try to always ensure reasonable client expectations for service from the vendors we use however occasionally unforeseen circumstances (in this case, the client's having second thoughts, among other things) complicate what was predicted to be a routine visit. Nils spent extra time and effort to make sure the client's needs were met; I look forward to working with him and using Motion Specialties in the future. close quotes
― Denise, AADL Authorizer