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How Have You Handled Walking Aids?

By Tom Herrin

Just about everyone seems to have had the experience of needing to use some kind of walking assistance at one time or another.  Whether it was caused by a turned ankle, a problem with a toe, or some other kind of accident, lots of people end up using something to help them to get around on a temporary basis.  Most have something around they can use, but many have very little idea of how to do so without causing additional pain.  These aids all have a purpose and are most effective when used for the right kind of injury.

Different Needs Require Different Kinds of Assistance

What people use to help them with walking may depend largely upon what kind of injury or debilitation they have.  When they are trying to share their weight overall, they may choose to use a walker.  There are many kinds on the market and they can serve a variety of purposes.  When people want to completely rest, or isolate a foot or leg, they may choose to use crutches as they can keep the weight off of them as they shift between the good foot and the pair of crutches.  The other thing that may be used is a cane.  It is not only for the aged, but it can be used to help those who may have balance issues as well as those who need to only apply light pressure on the injured foot or leg.

Walkers May Work for Resting the Entire Lower Body

People may use a walker when they feel the need to shift their weight off of their knees or hips.  The walker may enable them to support more of their weight with their hands and arms as well as have greater stability as they do so.  The walker should allow a person to bend the arms some as they lift themselves.  Some roll, some are designed to be lifted, and still others fold and are highly portable.

Have a Plan to Help Prevent Injuries 

The best plan is to remove anything from the premises that may endanger someone.  When one of those accidents still occurs, it is still helpful to have some kind of walking aid around that can be used on a very temporary basis.  The other important thing is to know how to correctly use the aid.  Doing so without the risk of some other kind of injury is the key.  Make your home safe and plan to get around safely should a temporary injury occur.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Newnan, Ga.

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