10 Things to Consider When Buying Medical Walkers

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Are you in the market for purchasing medical walkers? If so, there are several things to consider before you choose the walker that’s right for you.

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Here are ten things to consider when buying medical walkers:

  1. How big is it? Your walker should be the right size for you, it shouldn’t be too big or too small, which can make using the device uncomfortable and dangerous. Ideally, the top of the walker should be at your hands when your arms are straight.
  2. How much does it weigh? If you, a family member, or caretaker will be moving the walker from place to place a lot, it might be better to have a lighter device. On the opposite hand, lighter walkers won’t hold a lot of weight, so people that weigh more will probably need a more cumbersome walker.
  3. What type of handles does it have? Certain people prefer different grips, and you should choose a material that’s comfortable for you. Handles can be plastic, rubber, foam, or soft cloth.
  4. Does it have wheels? Walkers with wheels are more ideal for people who move around a lot, but if you want to run slower or are afraid of falling, you should consider a walker without wheels. If you do choose a model with wheels, keep in mind that walkers with four large wheels are more stable, but models with three smaller wheels are more comfortable to maneuver.
  5. What type of breaks does it have? If you get a walker with wheels, it will most likely have one of two types of breaks. The first type of breaks stop the device when you apply downward pressure on the walker, which is easier for people with limited mobility. The second type requires you to squeeze a hand-break, such as those found on bicycles.
  6. What type of material is it made of? Most walkers are made from either steel or aluminum. Less expensive steel frames are more ideal for people that weigh more. Aluminum frames, on the other hand, generally cost more and are better for smaller people.
  7. How does it fold? If you plan to travel a lot and need to take your walker with you in a vehicle, or if you only use it occasionally and need to store it most of the time, you should make sure that the device is easy to fold and store away.
  8. Does it have a seat? If you’re going to be moving around a lot and tend to tire quickly, you should choose a walker that has a comfortable place so you can stop and rest when necessary. If you don’t move around much or don’t get tired as quickly, you could choose a walker with a permanent seat or no seat at all.
  9. Does it have any storage space? If you take a lot of stuff with you when you travel, you should make sure to get a walker that has a storage basket or other free space. This is especially important if you need to take medical supplies, such as oxygen masks or medications, with you at all times.
  10. How much does it cost? The cost of your walker will depend on the type of model you choose and how many features it has. It’s easy to find a cheaper walker with little to no-frills, but some people would rather pay a bit more for extra comfort and safety.

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