Walking frames are mobility aids that provide an additional level of balance and support while walking and getting about your day. They come in a variety of designs: such as fixed, folding and adjustable. This is so they can be best suited to your exact needs. So how exactly do you go about both choosing, and using a walking frame? Let’s take a look.
Comfort and Ease of Use
If you’re going to be using a walking aid, then you want to be sure that it is easy to use and comfortable. You want it to be best suited to your height and weight. It is well worth trying a few different models and feeling out which one is the best fit for you.
Storage and Transport
Another aspect to consider is if your frame is going to need to be stored or transported. If so, a foldable or model that can be otherwise dissembled for storage and transport in a car or plane is ideal. If these factors don’t apply to you, then a fixed model may be more suitable. Please remember to store your frame in a secure, safe place that is out of the elements to ensure that it lasts a while.
Finding a Fit
When choosing and fitting a walking frame, you want to be sure that its handgrip is level with your wrist crease when you are standing normally with your hands by your side. This will help determine the best height for the frame. You want a 15 to 30 degree bend at your elbow for maximum comfort and safety.
Using the Frame
When walking with your frame, it is best to position in parallel facing forward. Move your impaired leg forward first, then the non-impaired one, and then place the frame forward again. Please refrain from using your frame to traverse stairs. A single step is fine, but anything more than that presents a risk. Don’t place the frame too far forward, and when taking a seat or standing up always use the seat or someone’s arm for support.
Rollators are walking frames with wheels. They are generally suited to those needing more bilateral support but who have overall better balance and stability than those who require a fixed frame. They also serve as a good middle ground between a walking stick and a fixed walking frame. They also feature shopping baskets and seats for when you need a break. Please note that the model you choose should be based upon assessment by a health professional such as a physiotherapist or occupational therapist.
For more information about choosing the right walking frame for your needs please contact Total Mobility or call us on 02 9520 1866. We are the mobility experts and will be happy to help you with any and all enquiries that you may have.