Typically people who have disabilities or injuries, or older adults who are at increased risk of falling, choose to use mobility aids. These devices provide several benefits to users, including more independence, reduced pain, and increased confidence and self-esteem.
A walking aid is one of several devices a patient may be issued in order to improve their walking pattern, Balance or safety while mobilizing independently. A range of mobility devices is available with us like an orthopedic walker, walking sticks, rollators, crutches etc.
Types of mobility Products available at our store.
Canes are useful for people who may be at risk of falling.
Canes are similar to crutches in that they support the body's weight and help transmit the load from the legs to the upper body.
Crutches help to transfer weight from the legs to the upper body. They can be used singly or in pairs. Crutches help keep a person upright and may be used by those with short-term injuries or permanent disabilities.
There are many different types of crutches, including:
Axillary (underarm) crutches. - One part of an axillary crutch is placed against the ribcage under the armpits, while users hold onto the hand grip. These crutches are typically used by those with short-term injuries.
Lofstrand (forearm) crutches. - This type of crutch involves placing the arm into a metal or plastic cuff and holding a hand grip. Forearm crutches are more commonly used by people with long-term disabilities.
Platform crutches. - With platform crutches, the hand holds a grip while the forearm rests on a horizontal platform. Platform crutches are not commonly used, except by people with a weak hand grip due to conditions such as arthritis or cerebral palsy.
Walkers, also known as Zimmer frames, are made up of a metal framework with four legs that provide stability and support to the user.
Some walkers have wheels or glide on the base of the legs, which means the user can slide the walker rather than lift it. This is especially helpful for people with limited arm strength.
Types of walkers beyond the basic model include:
Rollators. This common style of walker consists of a frame with four wheels, handlebars, and seat so the user can rest as needed. Rollators also include hand breaks as a safety feature.
Knee Walkers. Similar to a rollator, this device allows the user to rest their knee on a padded cushion while propelling themselves forward with their stronger leg.
Walker-cane hybrids. A cross between a cane and a walker, this mobility aid has two legs rather than a full frame. It can be used with one or both hands and provides greater support than a standard cane.