A walker with four legs is the most
stable walking aid. Your doctor will recommend a walker if you need to keep all
or nearly all the weight off one leg, if your general strength or endurance is
decreased, or if your balance is not always good.
Be sure your
walker fits you. When you stand up in your normal posture and rest your hands
on the walker's hand grips, your hands should be even with the tops of your
legs. Your elbows should be slightly bent.
To walk using a walker
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.