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Standard Walkers — Walkers, Medical Walkers, Rolling Walker, Wheeled Walker

A walker, also known as a Zimmer frame, is a device that ensures safe and efficient mobility. There are many different types of walkers; however, each style features the same fundamental design: approximately waist high in height, slightly wider than the user, and roughly a foot in depth. Each walker, though, will vary slightly. For example, we distribute hemi walkers like this one from Carex for individuals with limited dexterity in one arm or hand, walkers that have wheels attached to the front legs, depending upon user strength and more. Generally, disabled or elderly individuals will use this device by surrounding their body with the front and sides. Depending upon the type of Zimmer frame supporting the user, an individual holds on to the front, picks it up, and places it a short distance ahead on the ground. Some walkers for elderly people feature glides and wheels that remove the "picking up and placing ahead" portion of the process. In fact, the motion becomes a smooth and almost effortless technique. To ensure that you find the best mobility aids for your specific needs, please confer with your medical provider. You should also peruse the product descriptions of our mobility aids, too, because you will be able to gain more information specific to each type of walker.

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How to Use a Walker

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The next thing we're going to talk about is how to use a walker. Now, the first thing that I want to say is to adjust the walker to your height. You want about that 15 to 30 degree bend in your elbow, if you look right now,this walker looks a little bit short for me.

But something for you to keep in mind is that the height of your shoe when you're out and about versus in your house and stockings or slippers is goingto affect you. If I take off my shoes, this walker is now more appropriate height for me.

Now when you're using a walker, it's going to help with your balance. What you want to do is you're going to slide the walker forward as your bad leg goes forward. Then you're going to bring your good leg to join it. You're going to slide the walker forward, bring your bad leg forward, and then bring your good leg.

One more time, you are going to slide your walker forward and bring your good leg. Slide your walker and bring your good leg.

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