Our Guide to Walking Aids

Our Guide to Walking Aids
June 25, 2019

Walking aids provide some much needed relief to those who struggle with mobility issues. They offer the user much needed support when partaking in everyday tasks like trips to the shops, manoeuvring around the house and walking to the bus stop. They can reduce the impact that mobility struggles can have and provide people with a safety net.

In this guide, we’ll take you through the benefits that walking aids can offer you. We’ll also help you to understand the differences between the variety of mobility aids that are available. Our sole aim is to ensure the buying process runs as smoothly as possible. 

What are walking aids?

Walking aids have been specifically designed to provide the user with additional safety, extra stability and provide independence for the elderly. They’re lightweight, very durable and also transportable.

There are a number of walking aids available, ranging from the following:

Why should you consider a walking aid?

If you struggle with mobility, you don’t always need to turn to wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Sometimes you’re still able to walk, and this is where walking aids come in. They offer you that stability that you may not have when walking unaided. This, in turn, makes the user feel safer and able to maintain their independence to undertake day-to-day tasks. 

Most walking aids are lightweight and durable, they can be easily transported if being used on a day out. Some even include a seat if you need to sit down to take a bit of weight off your feet. 

What do you need to consider before buying a walking aid?

Before choosing your walking and home aid, there are a number of things you need to take into account to ensure you get the right one for you. You need to consider the following:

  • What sort of walking and home aid do you need?

  • Do you need additional support for mobility?

  • Are you able to lift your support?

  • Do you need a comfortable seat?

  • What surfaces will it be used on?

  • Or does it need to be on wheels?

  • What sort of budget do you have?

Once you’ve considered these points, you should be ready to go ahead and make your decision. Make sure you take your time to fully consider your choice! 

What type of walking aid is right for you?

Let’s take a look at what walking aids are on offer here at Fenetic Wellbeing.

Knee Walkers

Knee walkers provide the user with a safe, comfortable and budget-friendly alternative to crutches. They can help to aid recovery and get you back on your feet in no time. They’re also referred to as a knee scooter and are particularly popular with those who have suffered from a foot injury. Traditional crutches can be uncomfortable; knee walkers provide the user with that little bit of extra comfort.

Rollators

Rollators are lightweight and provide comfort and stability for those who struggle with mobility issues. They come with four wheels and are easy to use for those who struggle to lift traditional walking aids. They also come with hand lever breaks giving the user freedom without the worry of losing balance. 

There are also rollators that come fitted with a seat, so they’re incredibly practical for taking on days out or to the supermarket. 

Walking Frames

Walking frames are one of the most popular walking aids available. They provide the disabled and the elderly with walking assistance. There are a wide range of options available from bariatric walking frames, to larger framed walking frames. If you’re looking for a transportable and lightweight options, then there are lightweight walking frames providing easy storage and transportation. 

Zimmer Frames

Zimmer frames are made from a lightweight but durable aluminium and are an incredibly popular walking aid. If you find walking difficult or are in constant need of rest then look no further than a zimmer frame. There’s also a wheeled option if you need that additional support to manoeuvre yourself around. Not only are they lightweight, they’re also durable and can last for a long time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s better, a rollator or a walking frame?

This comes down to the personal needs of the user. Walking frames are more budget-friendly and are great if you just need a little bit of additional support and safety when moving around. If you struggle to lift a walking frame then a rollator is best for you. The wheels help you to push it along with ease, and it also provides you with all the benefits of a walking frame. 

What added extras come with rollators and walking frames?

Some rollators and walking frames come fitted with shopping baskets for ease of use in supermarkets. They also come fitted with seats if you’re in need of a rest whilst you’re out with them. This is particularly ideal if you’re heading on days out. 

How do you choose the right style of walking aid?

Different walking aids suit different needs, for example, a heavier person may want to look at a large framed walking aid. If you regularly go on day trips or trips to the shops, then an easily transportable lightweight frame will be needed. Assess your needs before making your purchase, as your walking aid will become a very important part of your life. 

Are knee walkers more comfortable than crutches?

Yes, definitely. Knee walkers come fitted with a comfortable and sturdy pad for you to rest your knees on. This takes the weight off your feet and you can simply scoot along. They also avoid excessive pressure on your hands. They’re also suitable for both left and right handed use. 

Can I use a knee walker instead of a rollator?

If you’re suffering from an injury then a knee walker will definitely do the trick. However, if you suffer from more serious mobility issues then a rollator may be necessary. You can use a knee walker instead of a rollator, but only if your injury or mobility issues aren’t as serious. 

Where can I buy a walking aid?

Here at Fenetic Wellbeing, we stock a wide range of walking aids to suit the needs of all users. You can view our full range of walking aids here. Feel free to contact us via our live chat if you have any questions, one of our advisors will be more than happy to help. 

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