Transitioning to a walker can be difficult, especially if you’ve recently suffered an injury or have gone through a surgery. But have no fear! With our help, your walker experience can keep you mobile and independent. Check out Walker Buddezz 7 Tips for a Safer Walker Experience:
Choose the right walker.
While walkers generally have the same overall structure, there are three main types of walker you’ll be able to choose from: no-wheels, two-wheels, and four-wheels. Walkers with no wheels are best suited for those who can lift and step comfortably. Two-wheeled walkers are meant to have weight from the user applied to them. The weight in addition to the wheels makes movement easier. Walkers with four wheels are best for those who don’t need to put their weight on the walkers. These types of walkers are best suited for those who need assistance while moving but want to move a bit faster. Having a walker that is specifically suited for your needs means less chance of falling or getting into an accident.
Make sure your walker is set up personally for you.
In addition to choosing the right type of walker, there are a couple more adjustments you can make to minimize your chance of injury. First, adjust your walker to the correct height. You walker should be around hip height, and you arms should be at a slight bend when gripping and using the walker. You can also customize your grips in order to feel most comfortable. While the plastic grips your walker comes with will usually suffice, those with arthritis or other pains can have cushioned grips put on in order to add more comfort to the walker experience.
Know how much to rely on your walker.
Most walkers are made of lightweight aluminum in order to make moving the walker easier. These walkers, however, are only designed to hold around 50% of your weight. Your doctor or physical therapist can assist you in showing just how heavily you can lean on your walker. Knowing this can prevent unfortunate accidents such as tipping the walking or tripping over it yourself.
Be dressed your best for your walker.
And no, we don’t mean wearing a suit or dress each time you use your walker. Make sure to wear clothes that are comfortable and pose minimum risk of getting caught in or tangled around the walker. Long, loose-fitting skirts and dresses pose the highest risk of this. Shoes are also an important factor when preparing to use a walker. You want shoes with solid traction to reduce the risk of slipping. Shoes with rubber soles are your safest bet. That means no sliding around in your bare feet or socks while using your walker. Leather soles can also cause a slip, but are still ultimately better than no shoes at all.
Know which leg to start with.
Even things as simple as the foot you lead with on your walker can mean the difference between easy mobility and a fall. When going up stairs or up onto a curb, make sure to start with your stronger or uninjured leg. This gives you a stable foundation for your weaker leg. The opposite is also true. When stepping down, start with your weaker leg. Always remember the phrase “Up with the good, down with the bad” and you’ll be set!
Keep your walker in good shape.
One of the best ways to keep yourself safe is to take good care of your walker, especially the caps on the legs. Worn out caps could cause a loss of traction, resulting in an injury. Worn caps can also damage your floors. It’s best to replace these caps often, or replace them entirely with Walker Buddezz in order to keep both you and your floors in the best shape.
Treat your walker like you would your car.
The rules you follow while driving on the road can also easily be applied to your walker usage. It’s best to stay in your own lane while maneuvering hallways, sidewalks, and other high-traffic areas. Always keep a safe distance between you and those around you in order to reduce risk of collisions and injury. When parking your walker, make sure to keep it out of the way to avoid causing jams and collisions. Follow these rules and tips, and your experience with walkers can be both safe and enjoyable!