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May 16, 2014

The walker

How to adjust a walker to move around safely?

A walker helps with balance, reduces body weight on the legs and lessens fatigue associated with walking. - Online on April 21 2013

 

Video's transcript:

Do you need to use an orthopedic device because of an injury, accident, loss of autonomy or disability? The Services Unisanté videos offer you valuable advice to ensure your comfort and well-being if you need to use a cane, crutches, a walker or a wheelchair.

If you’re looking to purchase an orthopedic device or if you want personalized advice, don’t hesitate to consult your family pharmacist.

A walker helps with balance, reduces body weight on the legs and lessens fatigue associated with walking.

A walker may have feet or a combination of ski glides and wheels.

The wheels should be installed outside the frame of the walker for better stability.

If you find it difficult to lift the walking, have it fitted with ski glides and wheels. This will make it easier to move from one surface to another.

Here are some tips for properly adjusting a walker so you can move around safely.

  • Put on comfortable shoes and stand with your back straight, your feet slightly apart and your arms relaxed on either side of your body.
  • First, move in to the frame of the walker. Then, adjust the hand rests so they are level with the crease of your wrist.
  • Make sure that the front and back legs of the walker are at the same level.
  • Finally, if you change shoes, you may have to readjust the walker to the right height before using it.