Accidents can happen to anybody. It can be your friend who just decided to have a walk around the park or your sister who just helped cleaning the house. But injuries that you can get from accidents do not last long as there are a lot of treatments available nowadays.
If you just had a leg injury, then you will be asked to use a walker. It is support usually given to those who have a hard time walking or standing. Walkers might look simple to use but you need to use this support wisely to get your desired results. Continue reading to know how to use the walker properly.
Types of walkers
Before understanding how a walker works, you should know that there are different types of walkers depending on your injury. Some of these are the following:
This type of walker gives the most support and stability. It has a frame made of aluminum which makes it sturdy and lightweight. You will also notice that it has rubber tips on its four legs.
It looks like a standard walker but the difference is that it only has two legs.
This kind of walker is usually used when you have an injury in your knees or legs. What is good about this support is that it is cheap and will not take too long to use. It is very light and easy to use. The only disadvantage is that it does not have wheels so it is not recommended if you are planning to walk longer distances using this walker.
This support is recommended for those whose injury will take months or even years. It has breaks and four wheels that can take you anywhere near you. However, this type of walker is heavy and would be difficult to take from one place to another. It is not even advisable to take in your car.
These are just some of the walkers that you can use. But take note that only your doctor can decide which type of support you should use. He or she will still depend on your injury and body structure. So if you think that you need a walker, be sure to consult with your doctor first.
How to walk using a walker
Using a walker to walk is not that difficult. After all, the main purpose of the walker is to help you move. Here are the simple steps that you can do if this is your first time using a walker:
- Make sure that the walker is a few inches away from you. You can move it an arm’s length away if you wish to.
- Check all the four or two tips of the walker before you make a step. This will prevent you from having another accident.
- Make a small step using your weak or injured leg. In the event that both legs are injured, use the weaker leg.
- Then, forward your remaining leg. Be sure that the stronger leg is now in front of your weaker leg.
- Continue all steps and keep a good posture.
How to sit using a walker
Of course, you will feel tired after a long walk. But sitting down is not easy especially when you just got injured. You can do the following to be safe:
- Find a chair or bed. Place the object near you until it touches your legs.
- Check if all four or two tips of your walker are on the ground.
- Reach back the object behind your legs using one hand. If both of your legs are hurting, reach back using both of your hands.
- Slowly move forward and take a step using your weaker leg.
- Slowly take a seat.
How to stand up using a walker
If you then decide to stand up after sitting, you can do the following:
- Ask someone to put the walker in front of you.
- Check if all four or two tips of the walker are on the ground.
- Slowly move forward and use your arms to stand up. Take note: Do not move or even pull the walker to help you stand. Just place your weight on the armrest if these are available. If there are no handrails near you, ask help from someone.
- Hold the handles of your walker.
- Slowly take a step and stand.
- Be sure that you feel steady before taking another step.
Notes to remember
- If you decide to buy a walker with wheels, you will only push it forward or backward. Meanwhile, if your walker does not have wheels, you can only lift it.
- When walking, do not just stare at your legs. Keep your eyes on where you are going.
- Always check if the tips of the walker are touching the ground before moving.
- The walker must be at the same level as your hips.
- Your elbows must be slightly bent when you are using the walker.
- Always use the weaker leg whenever you walker. But when you are going up the stairs, use the stronger leg.
- Maintain a distance between your walker and legs. If these are too close, there is a chance that you might lose your balance.
- Make sure that you do not pass by loose rugs, cords, or rug corners. These might get tangled on your walker.
- Keep your floor dry and clean at all times.
- Wear shoes and slippers when walking or standing up. Do not wear shoes with leather soles or heels.
- Make sure that you are not holding any object when using your walker. You can have a small bag for your phone and other belongings.
- Check your wheels regularly. Once these are worn out, change them immediately.
- Be sure to ask your doctor if you can already use the stairs or escalators.
- Always listen to the instructions of your doctor or specialist.