10-155 Collonnade Rd. for those interested in a James Bond-like array of gadgets, Guardian Walking Assistant (photo 6). Variations on the basic walker configuration include the forearm support walker, for those with limited hand and wrist strength, and the reciprocal walker whose swivel joints permit the right and left sides of the walker to move alternately back and forth, allowing for more of a normal stride.

The wheels can also get stuck on such uneven surfaces which will thrown off the user's gait, making walking more difficult. a wide flexible rubber triangular tipped base that flexes as the user walks (the AbleTripod, photo 4); four rubber-capped metal tips (the four-point or quad cane, photo 3); a variation on quad canes, the Pilot Step-Up Cane that features a platform on which users can step to easier climb curbs and stairs; or.

Whatever the final combination of walker features a buyer may select, advance consultation with medical professionals and training in use of the apparatus is imperative.

Copyright © 2011 by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Troy, VA 22794 If you have poor balance or feel unsteady on your feet, a walker may give you more support. Box 370454 With a cane or walker, try to stand upright without leaning forward or to the side. There are many variables to consider when deciding between a walking cane and a walker.

Some 4.8 million Americans rely on them. (888) 482-1569www.strongarmmobility.com, Sunrise Medical If arm strength and balance are good, a walker without wheels can be used successfully. www.hugoanywhere.com, AliMed

Strongarm cane with forearm bracing cradle.

As long as it serves the desired purpose the style is not nearly as important as the functionality.

7477 East Dry Creek Parkway  300 W. Route 38 It is also faster, so they can keep up with their peers better.”, She notes that walking and exercise in general can build endurance and cardiovascular health. (866) 321-HUGO (4846). Apart from a few differences in design, walkers vary primarily in accessories and amenities. Pick a cane that is liked and will be used regularly. Port Washington, NY  11050 Rollators have two, three or four wheels. Immediate, unlimited access to all AFP content. Contact For example should you use your left hand or right hand when using a cane? Which type of cane or walker is best for you depends on several things, including your strength, fitness level, and balance.

This is very convenient when coming in and out of areas where stepping up or down is involved.

Jacqueline Montes, clinical coordinator and physical therapist at the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Research Center at Columbia University in New York, said, “Signs that assistive devices such as canes or walkers are needed could be poor balance or unsteadiness, leg weakness, trunk weakness, slower than usual pace and, most importantly, falls.

Instead, you should make the choice with the help of your doctor. Walkers often are limited to movement indoors, and users must be careful not to take overly long steps that could lead to imbalance and a fall. 733 SW Oak St. A physical therapist can also help you use your cane or walker correctly. (888) 988-2263www.abletripod.com, Merits Health Products 

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A cane is the least supportive option and should be used when there is minimal balance impairment or very mild leg weakness.

(866) 385-5543, Graham-Field Health Products Other much less common and special-purpose crutches include the triceps weakness (also called platform) crutch (photo 2) and one that combines aspects of axillary and forearm crutches (for people who have difficulty holding and controlling the crutch). It is best not to choose the specific type of device yourself.

It can be harmful to take a one-size-fits-all approach.

Additionally, a convenient seat is attached which can be used when walking becomes tiring and a brief rest is needed. Picking up and putting down a walker with every step can be taxing and throw off a user's balance. The locking mechanisms are added safety features for such circumstances. Using Canes and Walkers. (800) 347-5678, Invacare Corporation A person viewing it online may make one printout of the material and may use that printout only for his or her personal, non-commercial reference. If you have pain or weakness on one side of your body that makes it hard to walk or balance, a cane may be helpful. The cane should be moved at the same time as your affected leg. More than 6 million Americans, including many with neuromuscular diseases, use mobility devices such as walkers, canes and crutches to assist them with getting around. Being overly concerned about external appearances has caused many to ignore the obvious need of this simple mobility device, even to their detriment.

Canes — which supply the least amount of support — are the most widely used mobility device, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
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Why should people with lower extremity weakness caused by neuromuscular diseases elect to stay upright and ambulatory when they could just as easily elect the wheelchair option? When the use of a cane or a walker no longer enables safe traveling in and outside the home, it may become necessary to consider using a rollator in and outside the home. (800) 346-6400www.canesgalore.com, Coakley Cane Co.