A walker helps a person remain mobile by giving assistance in walking, standing and weight bearing.
The height of the handgrips should provide a slight bend in the elbow when you are standing straight and holding the grip. This can be achieved if you can safely stand a few moments and look straight ahead with your arms hanging relaxed at your sides. While you maintain this position, a family member or friend should adjust the height of your four walker legs to place the height of the handgrips slightly above your wrists.
If you are a first-time user, have someone help until you become familiar.
- Follow slightly behind the walker. Be careful not to step all the way into the front of the walker frame. This could cause you to lose of balance or fall forward.
- Lift the walker and place it forward so that the back legs are a few inches in front of you.
- Step forward so that your legs are about even with the back of the walker. This keeps the walker ahead, providing four stable legs to lean on if needed.