Choosing a Walker
Choosing a Walker
If you’ve decided that you’d benefit from the assistance of a walker, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Wheelchair Dynamics Inc., we’re proud to offer a generous selection of options, so we’re confident you’ll be able to find the right device for your needs. It’s important to learn about the different types of walkers so you can make an informed choice. We’ve gathered some useful information to help guide you in your decision. Keep reading to learn more about the options. When you’re ready to browse our inventory, visit us in Sheldon or Sioux City, Iowa.
Walker Buyer's Guide
When considering what type of walker to invest in, it’s essential to consider the user’s hand strength as well as their overall cognitive ability. When it comes to the walker itself, you want to be sure that the width of the seat and the frame are wide enough for the user. You also need to confirm that the device is able to handle the weight of the user. If you only plan to use your walker indoors, you’ll want to choose one with smaller wheels, around 3 to 5 inches in diameter. If you anticipate frequent outdoor use, you’ll want larger wheels of 6 to 8 inches.
The main types to consider are standard, two-wheel, three-wheel, four-wheel, and knee walkers. The standard model comes with four non-skid, rubber-tipped legs that offer maximum stability. You’ll need to pick up this device to move it. The two-wheel option has wheels on the two front legs, which is best for those who only need some weight-bearing assistance. A three-wheel walker provides the same support and balance as a four-wheel model, but it’s more lightweight and easy to maneuver. If you don’t need to lean on it for balance, you can go with a four-wheel model. The knee walker comes with a platform to rest your knee.