Purpose of Walking Equipment
Part of a rehabilitation programme, recovering from an injury or operation, or a long-term aid to mobility if you have ongoing difficulty with walking.
Walking equipment may improve your mobility but if an incorrect or inappropriate walking device is used, if incorrect techniques are adopted, or if the device is not suitable for a particular environment, your independence and safety may be jeopardised.
A physiotherapist or occupational therapist should be able to give you appropriate teaching and advice when you are assessed..
Function of a Mobility Aid
Walking equipment may perform one or more of the following functions including:
Stability and balance by providing a wider support base.
Aiding your walking pattern in terms of speed and evenness of stride.
Help maintain an upright body posture.
Increases your confidence when walking.