Often times, the older we get the harder it becomes to walk without assistance, especially in certain places where the space isn’t as easily accessible. Walking aids are a great tool that help improve mobility, ensures more safety and independence for anyone who has trouble walking, whether its due to an injury or age. Moving around in small spaces, unfamiliar locations or even for a long period of time can be overwhelming for many. Depending on each persons individual needs, there are various types of walking assistance devices one can choose from. Whether you require help with balance or relieving pressure/body weight from your back and legs, there is something for you that will best fit your needs.
Below is a guide to a few of the different types of walking assistance devices that are easily accessible and affordable:
Canes: There are many different types of canes available. Whether you are left handed or right handed, taller or shorter, you can find an adjustable cane to fit your comfort. Canes are one of the most common mobility devices used. They give additional support with balance and help take strain off of the lower body. A popular type of cane is the Quad Cane. These have four feet at the bottom to give additional stability to accommodate those with balance concerns. Canes are also one of the more cost effective devices, ranging from $30 to $50, these are affordable and helpful.
Walkers: This tool is made out of a metal frame and has four legs, some come with wheels and others do not, depending on your preference. Walkers allow the user to place their body weight on the legs of the metal frame, releasing the back and legs from doing the heavy work. These can be used indoors and outdoors, but are especially good for usage within ones home, helping with standing up and light movement around the house.
Rollators: Some of the walkers are also known as rollators and these are the ones with wheels, handle bars, a basket and often a seat where one can sit and rest when needed. Similar to walkers, rollators can also be used indoors or outdoors; however, these may be more productive when used outdoors. There are usually more gadgets included with rollators, to help carry items when needed.
Walking assistance devices are effective tools that help improve the everyday life for those who need them. With any device, there are certain risks to consider. For example, Walkers/Rollators are helpful, however for the elderly they may not be as user friendly, given their requirement for a bigger space, and often having to lift it to make it fit into certain places. It is important consult a medical professional to understand which item will be of most use to you. Once you have practiced walking with the aid, you will gain more comfort and reassurance knowing you have a tool that will make mobility easier and more convenient.