A walker is a walking aid that has four points of contact with the ground. It provides a wider base of support than a walking stick, so it is used more to stabilize patients with poor balance and mobility or lower extremity impairment. A walker is often used by those who are recuperating from
Types of walkers beyond the basic model include:
- Rollators. This common style of walker consists of a frame with four wheels, handlebars, and seat so the user can rest as needed. Rollators also include hand breaks as a safety feature.
- Knee walkers. Similar to a rollator, this device allows the user to rest their knee on a padded cushion while propelling them- selves forward with their stronger leg.
- Walker-cane hybrids. A cross between a cane and a walker, this mobility aid has two legs rather than a full frame. It can be used with one or both hands and provides greater support than a standard cane.