Set the walker at arm's length in front of
you, with all four legs on the floor. If your walker has wheels on the front
legs, just take your weight off your hands and push the walker
Use the handles of the walker for balance as you move your
weak or injured leg forward to the middle area of the walker. Don't step all
the way to the front.
Push straight down on the handles of the
walker as you bring your good leg up, so it is even with your injured
To go up or down a curb using a walker
first with another person nearby to steady you if needed.
Stand as close to the edge as you can while
keeping all four legs of the walker on the surface you're standing
When you have your balance, move the walker up or down, to the
surface you are moving to.
Push straight down on the handles for
balance and to take weight off your injured leg.
If you are going
up, step up with your stronger leg first, then bring your weaker or injured leg
up to meet it. If you are going down, step down with your weaker leg first,
then bring your stronger leg down to meet it. Remember "up with the good, and down with the bad" to help you lead
with the correct leg.
Get your balance
again before you start walking.
To use your walker on stairs
Most people should
not use a walker on stairs. Talk with your physical therapist to see whether it
is appropriate for you to use your walker on the stairs. If it is, have your
physical therapist show you how to do this correctly.