A loss of muscle mass and joint problems can result in difficulty walking and, when this happens, you may look to use a mobility aid, such as a cane, rollator or wheelchair. If you’ve been considering a walking frame or aid for yourself or a loved one, this article outlines the different options and how to choose the right one for you.

 Types of Walking aids

Many years ago there were only a few options available to meet the needs of people with mobility issues. And even then, they were often heavy, cumbersome or difficult to use.

Recent advances in mobility aids mean there is now plenty of choices available. Walking aids and frames are more lightweight, easier to use and designed to meet specific mobility needs.

The main types of walking aids include:

  • Canes and walking sticks
  • Crutchess
  • Rollators
  • Walking frames

    Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are also often used in conjunction with walking aids to travel longer distances or when the user becomes too tired to walk or stand. when narrowing down your choices for the right walking this are what to consider

    • Comfort and ease of use
    • Storage and transport
    • Walking aids for different situations

     Start out on a clear, flat surface to get used to moving forward. You can then progress to ramps and steps, if appropriate. If you feel pain or discomfort when using your walking aid, don’t ignore it. It might simply need to be readjusted or changes made to the way you use it.

    Once you’re comfortable using your walking aid, you’ll be able to enjoy your new found freedom.