Help Guide for Buying Walking Frames

Using a walking frame helps those with balance issues maintain their independence and enjoy their life. Loved ones get peace of mind knowing that you’re safe and can walk without fear of falling and getting injured. There are many things to consider when purchasing a walking frame. In addition to the items discussed below, check with your health professionals, such as your Doctor, Occupational Therapists. They can offer further advice getting the best walking frame for your needs and lifestyle.

Who Benefits from a Walking Frame?

People who are unstable while walking due to pain or balance issues as well as people who become quite tired walking without help can benefit from using a walking frame. People with conditions such as arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, or hip replacements can benefit from the use of a walking frame. They typically come with four-legs and can be used in a variety of environments. Some are designed specifically for indoor or outdoor use. In some cases, wheels on the front legs are added to increase manoeuvrability.

Walking Frames without Wheels

The simplest style of walking frame has no wheels is sturdy and stable. It can be used either indoors or out but is usually not appropriate for use on loose or uneven ground such as stones or soil.
Walking Frames with Two Wheels

Two-wheeled walking frames are intended for indoor use. They make it easier for you to move forward as there’s no need to stop and reposition the frame between steps. However, the wheels may make the frame less stable and due to their size and material are not generally meant to be used outdoors.

Safety Considerations

The most important component of safety in a walking frame is the fit. Most of them have height adjustments. You should be able to stand as upright as possible. Varying widths are also available to accommodate every body type. In general, walking frames should provide good overall support without restricting your ability to move yet also not place your hands too far apart from each other.

Generally, walking frames are used by being gripped on the side. Check for ergonomically correct handles made from materials that are easy to grip and comfortable to hold. If you have especially weak hands or poor coordination, arm troughs and vertical handles can help you balance and transfer your weight more safely and effectively.

Also be sure to look at the feet. Non-slip rubber caps are a key component to the safe use of a walking frame. In addition, if you’re walking frame will be used outdoors, be sure the feet are also designed not to leave marks on floors.

Additional Considerations When Buying a Walking Frame

Walking frames are meant to be portable and sturdy. With those factors in mind, it’s important to check two additional factors when looking for a walking frame. First, for folding walking frames, the folding action. You want to be sure your walking frame is easy to fold for storage, but it also needs to remain open when in use. Be certain that your walking frame can’t fold by accident. Second, strength. Each walking frame has a maximum weight tolerance. Be sure that it’s appropriate for your body.
In maintaining the quality of life and continuing to live independently, walking without fear of falling is important for safety and peace of mind. A walking frame, when purchased with these considerations in mind, can be the ideal solution for walking without assistance around your home.
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