Crutches and walkers are a necessity for many people with mobility issues, helping them to move more safely and stably. But the correct way to use them is often ignored, which not only reduces their effectiveness, but may also lead to unnecessary accidents. Therefore, the following safe usage tips must be strictly followed when using crutches and walkers.
Choose the right height
The height of crutches and walkers should be suitable for the user's height. Too high or too low will cause inconvenience to walking. The user should stand up straight and the cane or walker should be kept parallel to the wrist joint to ensure a more stable and comfortable walking posture.
Correctly Hold a Cane or Walker <br>When using a cane or walker, you should hold the handle with your hand, and the handle should be parallel to your wrist. This reduces hand fatigue and inconvenience and improves walking stability.
Correct use of crutches or walkers <br>When walking, the crutches or walkers should be placed on the far side to match the pace. When walking, place the crutches or walker in front of you first, and then transfer your body weight to the crutches or walker. This can reduce the burden on your knees and ankles and improve stability.
Inspect crutches or walkers regularly <br>Crutches or walkers should be checked regularly to make sure they are not damaged or worn. If any damage or abnormality is found, it should be replaced or repaired immediately.
Adaptation time <br>If it is the first time to use crutches or walkers, it will take some adaptation time. Before starting to walk, you should take a few trial steps on a stable surface to familiarize yourself with the use of crutches or walkers, and gradually increase the range of steps until you are fully accustomed.
- Avoid using rickety crutches or walkers <br>Using rickety or unstable crutches or walkers increases the risk of accidents, so the use of such unstable crutches or walkers should be avoided.
In summary, the correct use of crutches or walkers can improve walking stability and help people with mobility issues walk more safely. When using, the above safe use tips must be strictly followed, and the condition of the crutches or walkers must be checked frequently to ensure that they are not damaged or abnormal. The most important thing is to give yourself time to adapt, become familiar with using crutches or walkers, and gradually increase your range of steps so you can walk more safely.