It is important to start walking soon after a leg injury or surgery. But you will need support while your leg is healing. A walker can give you support as you start to walk again.
There are many types of walkers.
- Some walkers have no wheels, 2 wheels, or 4 wheels.
- You can also get a walker with brakes, a carrying basket, and a sitting bench.
- Any walker you use should be easy to fold so that you can transport it easily.
Your surgeon or physical therapist will help you choose the type of walker that is best for you.
If your walker has wheels, you will push it forward to move forward. If you walker does not have wheels, then you will need to lift it and place it in front of you to move forward.
All 4 tips or wheels on your walker need to be on the ground before you put your weight on it.
Look forward when you are walking, not down at your feet.
Use a chair with armrests to make sitting and standing easier.
Make sure your walker has been adjusted to your height. The handles should be at the level of your hips. Your elbows should be slightly bent when you hold the handles.
Ask your health care provider for help if you are having problems using your walker.