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How to use a walker

If you have had total knee or hip joint replacement surgery, or you have another ambulatory issue, you may need more help with balance and walking than you can get with crutches or a cane. A "pickup" walker with four solid prongs on the bottom may give you the most stability. A walker lets you keep all or some of your weight off of your lower body as you take your steps. You use your arms to support some of the weight. The top of your walker should match the crease in your wrist when you stand up straight. Do not hurry when you use a walker. As your strength and endurance get better, you may gradually be able to carry more weight in your legs.

Walking

First, put your walker about one step ahead of you, making sure the legs of your walker are level to the ground. With both hands, grip the top of the walker for support and walk into it, stepping off on your injured leg. Touch the heel of this foot to the ground first, then flatten the foot and finally lift the toes off the ground as you complete your step with your good leg. Don't step all the way to the front bar of your walker. Take small steps when you turn.

Sitting

To sit, back up until your legs touch the chair. Reach back to feel the seat before you sit. To get up from a chair, push yourself up and grasp the walker's grips. Make sure the rubber tips on your walker's legs stay in good shape.

Stairs

Never try to climb stairs or use an escalator with your walker.
 
**This information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Consult your healthcare provider for medical advice and additional information.
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