Living With Polio
If you’re at risk of falling or have some balancing problems you might want to consider using a walker. It is imperative that your walker is properly fitted with comfortable handgrips and that it is the correct height for you. To determine the correct height, stand inside the walker, let your arms rest at your sides and match the crease on the inside of your wrist with the top of the walker.
Your health care provider can help determine which is the best walker for you and will teach you how to properly use it; however, the following steps are important to remember:
- Grasp the handles and step into the walker, keeping it still as you step.
- Move your walker by pushing or lifting it forward, keeping your back straight.
- Don’t push your walker too far out in front of you.
- Go slowly. Take small steps.
- Wear shoes with a grip on the bottom.
- Get a basket or bag to hang on the front of the walker so that you can carry things.
- Remove throw rugs.
- Check the tips and wheels on your walker often, replacing them as needed
It is also important to remember that trying anything new can be difficult. With practice and patience, your walker will become easier to use and will help you feel more safe and secure in your mobility.