Is it better to walk with a cane or a walker?

Use of a walker for adults

Since it is clear that for the health of the person we care for it is important to walk and walk we will try to get it, also for both the patient and the caregiver you will be good to go outside to get some air and sun a little bit every day.

Let him/her know in advance that the next thing he/she will have to do is to go outside and talk to him/her about how good it will be to go for a walk or how beautiful the things he/she will see or about that important task that needs to be done and in which he/she will help you (even if it is something as important as buying bread).

Once on the street, try to avoid places with crowds of people or with loud and annoying noises, as this can cause the person to startle and frighten him/her and you and he/she will not enjoy the walk.

If the person is able to walk alone, great! Let him or her walk, but always with someone by his or her side who can offer help at a given moment and who can also provide conversation and distraction.

Cane contraindications

Although, do you know when it is convenient to use a cane and when a walker? From Orthopedics Alcala de Henares we tell you about the virtues of each one and how to use them for best results.

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Canes and walkers are tools that help us to prevent or balance reduced mobility, which may be caused by different reasons: a fracture, muscle weakness, lack of balance, pain, etc.

These elements help us to improve walking by providing stability and reducing the weight load on the lower limbs. Walking in a safer and more correct way provides greater autonomy for the person using it.

Both the cane and the walker are orthopedic instruments that provide additional support to improve our walking under certain circumstances. The use of one or the other will depend on the pathology we have and the recommendation of the specialist.

The walker is an element that helps to improve locomotion in people who have balance problems or feel insecure when walking. By using this tool, greater safety, balance and autonomy in mobility are obtained.

Use of a walker for adults pdf

You may need a walker or cane if you are at risk of falling. If you need to put less weight on your foot, ankle or knee, you may need to use crutches. You may also require a wheelchair or motorized tricycle if you are unable to walk due to injury or illness.

Selecting these devices takes time and requires research. Crutches, canes and walkers should be fitted to you. If they are appropriate, they will provide support, but if not, they may be uncomfortable and unsafe.

The information available on this site should not be used as a substitute for medical care or the advice of a medical professional. Talk to a health care professional if you have questions about your health.

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Walking aids

It all depends on the limitation you have. Of course, in principle, the walker is better because it will have greater stability and better posture, but depending on the evolution, the person would have to be assessed.

Within the walkers, there are many models, with and without wheels, with seat, adjustable, etc. so I can not venture to recommend any particular one without knowing more characteristics of the user.

In addition, with a walker you will correct your posture, you will distribute the weight on the structure so it will be less difficult to walk, you will feel safer, there will be no possibility of stumbling or falling and, for example in our case, a study shows that the Active Walker improves ergonomics by keeping your back straight.

In our case, the Active Walker has a seat that can be adjusted in 4 positions so that the person can adjust it without having to make an effort to sit down and without the feet hanging down. Also, the seat supports up to 125kg so it is suitable for all types of people.

Is it better to walk with a cane or a walker?
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