Different Types of Walking Aids: A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Right One

Different Types of Walking Aids: A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Right One

If you face limited mobility, a walking aid can be a game-changer, offering you the confidence to move around independently without relying on others. With a wide range of designs available, walking aids cater to different needs, whether it's navigating your home safely, going shopping, or meeting friends. From canes to walking frames and rollators, understanding the various types of walking aids will help you choose the most suitable option for your needs. Read on to explore the comprehensive guide to different types of walking aids. 


Types of Walking Aids


1. Canes

Canes provide support by helping to transfer the body's weight and distribute the load from the legs to the upper body. They offer balance assistance and are particularly beneficial for individuals with balancing difficulties or those at risk of falling. While canes place less weight off the lower body than crutches, they exert more pressure on the hands and wrists.


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2. Walking Frames

Walking frames offer stability and balance, enhancing mobility and instilling confidence in users. Available in various sizes and adjustable options, walking frames cater to different requirements. Here are three types of walking frames to consider:


a. Walking frames without wheels: These frames have a wider base for improved stability. When choosing one for indoor use, ensure it fits through your doorways. For outdoor use, opt for level surfaces. Correct height adjustment is essential for comfort and optimal support.


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b. Wheeled frames: Equipped with wheels on the front legs and rubber feet on the back legs, wheeled frames allow for easier movement. By lifting the back feet, you can move forward effortlessly. The back legs act as brakes when you put weight on the frame.


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c. Folding frames: Both wheeled and non-wheeled walking frames come in foldable options. These frames have a drawstring folding mechanism, allowing them to fold front to back or the sides to fold in. This feature facilitates easy storage and transportation.


3. Crutches

Crutches assist in weight transfer from the legs to the upper body. They can be used singly or in pairs and provide support for individuals with short-term injuries or permanent disabilities. Crutches help keep a person upright and mobile.


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4. Rollators

Rollators are designed to provide support for individuals who easily tire, whether due to surgery or general conditions. These walking aids come with 8-inch caster wheels, allowing for easy movement without the need to lift the rollator with every step. Our rollators feature an aluminum frame, foldability for convenient storage, and a seat with back support. They also include loop/bicycle brakes and a hand brake locking mechanism.


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While each type of walking aid serves a distinct purpose, there are general factors to consider regardless of the specific aid you need. It's crucial to consult with your doctor to ensure that the walking aid you intend to purchase meets your medical and physical requirements. For a wide range of quality and affordable mobility products and assistive devices, Sheer Mobility is here to assist you. We take pride in offering an ever-evolving selection of mobility aids, making independent movement more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Get in touch with us today to find the perfect walking aid for your needs.


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