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Walking Aids May Be Great for Recovery

By Tom Herrin

There are times when most people need help with something.  If it is not related to finances, it may be related to job.  If it is related to injury, there may be a need for assistance with walking.  Most people seem to have a time in which they suffer one of those sprains that result in extreme swelling and an inability to place much weight on the injury.  As a consequence, a person may need to use some kind of aid for walking.  It is a good idea to know how to use such an aid long before the injury occurs.  

Keeping Walking Aids Around May Help

There are three primary types of walking aids that are commonly used.  Most people are quite familiar with crutches.  Every kid I've ever met likes to give them a try at least once.  They are primarily for keeping most of the weight off of an injured part yet allowing an individual the opportunity to move around with reasonable speed.  

A cane is what many may picture as the choice of an older person.  It is mostly used to steady someone with minor balance problems or to help take a slight amount of weight off as they begin using a recently injured part.  

Walkers appear everywhere.  They are constantly on television ads and all over in many other places.  They are now seen in all kinds of designs and shapes.

Using Walkers May Provide Confidence

One of the best selling points about walkers is that they are really stable.  When people need to keep much of their weight off of their lower body, using a walker can help them to support themselves.  A walker can also help a person to maintain greater stability, especially if they have more serious issues with balance.  Some roll and some must be lifted, but they are pretty easy to use and easy to move around.  

Keep Something on Hand

If you have had to use some kind of a walking aid, it may be best to hang on to it.  It may come in handy later.  This is most likely at a time in which going to get one is not a good option.  Another good thing to do around the house is to take every opportunity to make it as safe as possible.  Checking for things that could cause slips or trips may prevent injury and loss of time.  Make your home as safe as you can and keep some kind of walking aid around -- it can play a big part in your being prepared for when injury strikes.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cedar Park, Tex.

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