Thursday, 23 July 2015

Tips for Choosing Right Walking Aids

If you or your loved one is suffering from mobility difficulties due to foot surgery or an accident then it is important to find an appropriate walking aid. Finding an appropriate walking aid can help them in recover fast, maintain proper balance and increase independence. Today, there is a huge selection of walking aid available online such as canes, crutches and walkers but finding the correct walking aid is important. Many of us are in a mind frame that all mobility aids are same and can be used for any purpose. But by ignoring the importance of selecting the correct device results in selecting inappropriate, damaged or wrong height devices.

It is important to understand that getting a correct walking aid helps in faster recovery and gives secure footing. Selecting a correct walking aid is not an easy task as different walking aids cater to different needs. Below I have discussed in detail about Canes and Crutches which can help you in selecting the correct device.


Canes: 

Canes are the widely used walking aid as they support weight and prevent falls. These are used when a person requires limited support or have minor difficulties with balance, instability or weakness in leg. And before purchasing a cane its style and length should be taken in to consideration.
Style: There are various handgrip styles and shapes available and the most common style is single point and quad or three point cane. It is suggested that people who suffer from arthritis should use single point cane while the patients with neurological impairments should use quad cane. But the cane which can be easy to grip and feel comfortable should be selected. Canes with four feet provide better stability than straight canes but they can be heavy or difficult to use and carry.


Crutches: 

Crutches are used when a person has gone under a surgery or injury and is not able to use the legs to support the weight. Crutch transfers the weight from legs to the upper body. They come in two types namely the underarm crutch and the forearm crutch and are suitable for the people with upper body strength. Things to consider while buying crutches are:
Style: An ideal crutch is one which gives comfortable grip and provides proper padding on top.
Length: It is important to select the correct crutch length which will properly fit to the user. An improper fitted crutch will result in muscle pain or nerve damage. A crutch should give enough room to fit 2 to 3 fingers between underarm and top of the crutch which allows user to stand straight comfortably with his elbow bent 15 or 30 degree as the hands rest on handles.

So now don’t let surgery or injury force you to stick to one place or to a wheelchair. Move around freely and heal your problems. Also consult your doctor before choosing a walking aid.

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