Fitting Your Walker

Proper fitting helps you use your walker safely and effectively. When fitting your walker, stand up straight and wear the shoes you will normally use to walk. If your walker doesn’t feel right, ask your doctor, nurse, or physical therapist (PT) to check the fit.

Getting to know your walker

Woman walking with walker.A walker is often used for injuries involving the leg or hip. It may also be used for nerve or muscle problems that affect balance. A walker gives more stability than crutches. Some walkers have wheels, others do not. Your healthcare provider will help you choose the best type of walker for your needs. Follow any special instructions you are given.

A walker fits if:

  • Your wrists are even with the handgrips when your arms hang at your sides.

  • Your arms are slightly bent at the elbows when your hands are on the grips.

 

Precautions

  • If your walker does not have wheels, it should have nonskid rubber tips to prevent slipping. Change tips that look worn or become uneven.

  • If your walker has wheels, talk with your healthcare provider or PT if the walker does not have a smooth glide.

  • If you are using a folding walker, be sure you know how to lock it open. Check that it’s locked open before use.

  • Keep all 4 legs of the walker at the same length.

  • Keep your back straight. Don’t hunch over the walker.

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