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How to use a mobility walker

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Walkers come in a variety of configurations these days, most fold for storage and transporting and all help keep people who are unsteady on their feet stay safe while walking and standing by providing a stable device to put their weight on. Where they will differ is in their design. The information below is an overview of several of the different types of mobility walkers available.

As with many other types of home medical equipment, walkers should be tried out before purchasing. Although there may be cheaper prices from online vendors, buying walker or rollator that doesn't meet the user's needs will not save anyone money. Before buying online be sure you know what you need and that the product you are buying will meet those needs.

Standard Walkers

Standard walkers are not very commonly purchased these days but are still available. They generally consist of metal frame, usually aluminum but I've seen them made of steel, with four legs and two hand grips.

Originally, standard walkers didn't fold but over time the manufacturers made improvements in their designs by offering folding versions to make them easier to store and transport.

Another design improvement that came along was the production of wheeled leg extensions that could be added to standard walkers for those had trouble lifting the walker during use. You can buy either two or four non-swivelling wheels for a standard walker or you can purchase two swivelling and two non-swivelling wheels to make the walker easier to use. When installing swivel wheels on a walker they are always located on the front legs while the non-swivel wheels are located on the back legs.

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Wheeled Walkers (Rollators)

Rollator walkers are walkers with permanently affixed wheels and the user should never have to lift them during use. The rollator walker is the most common style of walker sold today because of their stability, ease of use and the features available as either standard equipment or as options.

Rollators most commonly come with four wheels (the front two swivelling), hand brakes, a seat and often a basket. There are a few three wheeled models on the market that can be easier to use in tight spaces but can be a little less stable and don't normally offer a seat or tray for the user.

Various sized wheels are available on rollator walkers depending on the expected use of the model. The larger the wheels (8" wheels), the easier they will roll over rough terrain and obstacles making the larger wheeled models the best choice for out door use. Regardless of the size of the wheels, the vast majority of walker wheels will be solid and not subject to flats or low pressure problems that can afflict air filled tires.