It is vital for you to obtain the right walking aid for you and your circumstances.
You need to know how to use the walking aid properly and safely.
There are some key factors that need to be considered:
• Your body frame (height, shape and weight).
• If you are a particularly large, tall or short person, you will need to ensure that the equipment you choose is suitable for your weight and height.
• Your condition and the way that it affects you, e.g. do you have any pain or get very tired?
• Your gait - the manner in which you walk.
• How is your balance, your strength and ability to carry your weight?
• How will your condition and its effects change over time?
• Does your condition affect your hands and your ability to grip?
• What activities do you want or need to be able to do?
• The environments that you spend most time in.
• Do you need to manage the stairs or access a small bathroom/toilet?
• Will the walking aid need to be carried in the car or take it on public transport?