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Walking frames, Rollators and Knee walkers: What are they and what’s the difference?

Walking frames, Rollators and Knee walkers: What are they and what’s the difference?
May 12, 2023

Struggling with your mobility and are looking for a walking aid? Find out more about the different types of walking aids here.

There are many different types of walking aids to choose from depending on what type of support you need when you’re out and about.

4 types of walking aids for the elderly

To help you decide what walking aid could work best for you check out all the different types and benefits below.

1. Rollator walkers

A rollator is essentially a rolling walking frame. The wheels on the legs allow you to move forward without lifting the frame, making them more convenient when you’re walking longer distances.

The frame helps you maintain your balance and stability while walking and the wheels keep you moving with ease. They also come with fitted brakes so you’re able to stay in control and stop easily.

If you’re on the move a lot there are lightweight rollator walkers with seats which offer you a place to perch if you get tired. They also often come with storage space e.g. a bag or a basket, so are handy to take out when out running errands.

A folding rollator is also a good option if you travel a lot as they collapse down and are much easier to transport and store. 

2. Walking frames

A walking frame, also known as a Zimmer frame, supports your body weight while walking to give you extra stability. They are more commonly used around the home or in the hospital to go short distances. 

Walking frames usually have non-slip ferrules on the end of the legs instead of wheels. This makes them a good option for those who move a little slower; the non-slip feet allow you to move at your own pace without the worry of the frame getting away from you.

Folding walking frames are especially convenient as they can be folded for easy storage and portability.

3. Knee walkers

Knee walkers are a wheeled alternative to crutches and are used if you’re suffering from a non-weight-bearing injury that is below the knee.

For example, a knee walker is a good walking aid for a broken foot. By resting your injured leg on the knee pad, you’re able to keep the weight off while still pushing forwards and moving along. 

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, our all-terrain knee walker has wheels designed to withstand loose and uneven surfaces.  

4. Forearm walkers

Forearm walkers are a type of walking aid that promotes better posture. The comfortable U-shaped arm cuff and handgrips can be adjusted to the user's height to ensure you’re standing upright, reducing the strain on the back and neck.

The arm cuff and hand grips also distribute the weight more evenly across the arms, hands and wrists to reduce the strain on the upper body.


If you’re looking to buy a walking aid, check out our full range here.

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