Last Updated on August 4, 2012
If you are considering improving your mobility with a walker, then it is important to choose the right type of assistive device. Some walkers can be folded for easy transport and storage, while others may be smaller in size to accommodate shorter statures. However, all walkers can be categorized into a few basic categories. Having the right walker will make you more comfortable and will improve your mobility.
- Standard Walkers
A standard walker is a four-legged device that is best for those who need absolute stability when walking. Standard walkers do not have any wheels, so they can be more difficult to use than other walkers.
- Front-Wheeled Walkers
Front-wheeled walkers have four legs, two of which are equipped with wheels. These wheels are located at the front of the device so that users can move the walker by gently lifting the back legs and sliding the walker forwards. Like a standard walker, the front-wheeled walker is a great option for individuals who need help maintaining stability when walking.
- Four-Wheeled Walkers
Like standard and front-wheeled walkers, four-wheeled walkers have four legs. However, four-wheeled walkers are even easier to use, as all four legs are equipped with wheels. This makes the four-wheeled walker a great option for individuals with low energy levels. However, four-wheeled walkers are less stable than standard and front-wheeled models and require more precise maneuvering.
- Knee Walkers
If you need a walker to increase your mobility after getting injured or undergoing surgery on your foot or leg, then a knee walker is perfect for you. Knee walkers are a great alternative to crutches, providing you with support when you cannot put weight onto a leg. Knee walkers feature three wheels and a padded platform on which to rest your knee. Knee walkers are steered using a pair of handle bars.
At Williams Lift Company, we carry a variety of mobility devices to fit every need. If you are ready to increase your mobility and would like to learn more about the different types of walkers available, then call us today at (908) 322-7070.