A 4 wheeled walker helps you with walking when you can stand on both legs. If your healthcare provider has told you to be non weight bearing, partial weight bearing, or feather weight bearing, you can NOT use this walker. For these people, use what your healthcare provider has told you.
You need to be able to learn to use the hand brakes and your hands need to be strong enough to squeeze the brakes.
The 4 wheeled walker usually has a seat, pouch or basket and brakes you operate by hand (see diagram 1). They also fold down for storage or travel.
Diagram 1Image courtesy of redcross.ca
Speak with a healthcare provider about the type of walker that is best for you.
If you use a portable oxygen tank, check that:
Check whether there is an internal or external braking system. Internal brakes may add weight to the walker, but there is less chance of breaking a cable when you transport the walker. Internal brakes are recommended if you travel by plane or bus.
Diagram 2Image courtesy of redcross.ca
Walk with your back as straight as possible. Look forward and not at your feet.
Diagram 3Image courtesy of redcross.ca
Diagram 4Image courtesy of redcross.ca
Note: Make sure the chair is stable and not too low.
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Current as of: September 4, 2018
Author: Allied Health (Physiotherapy), Alberta Health Services
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