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Things to Consider when Obtaining a Walking Aid

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?

The Correct Height for Walking Sticks, Tripods and Quadrupeds

It is very important to have the walking stick at the correct height for use.
If the height is incorrect then the support will not be adequate, or may cause discomfort.
If the walking stick is too high, this will result in you raising (elevating) your shoulders, in turn reducing your balance and comfort.
The most effective method of checking the height is to stand in your regular footwear with your arms hanging relaxed with a slight natural bend at the elbow (flexed at 15 degrees).
Have someone measure the distance between the wrist crease and the ground. According to Elmamoun and Mulley, this should be the height of your walking aid.
Over time your posture and height measurements will change, if it has been several years since you were provided with your stick, you should check that it is still a suitable height for you.
Do not significantly change the height of a walking stick if you have had it for some time as you will have got used to it.
If you need to change the height of a stick, make a number of smaller changes over time.
Please remember there may be a reason why a stick length was chosen.
Please note that these are general guidelines and there may be reasons why you require a different height, so check with a healthcare professional.

Maintaining your Walking Equipment

All walking equipment should be checked regularly for signs of wear and tear.
Parts particularly vulnerable include:
                    * The ferrules (the rubber cap placed on the end of the walking stick or frame) that provide grip and stability on the floor surface.
                    * Height adjustable equipment can show signs of stress at the height setting after prolonged use.
                    * Handgrips can also become worn.

Reduce your Risk of Falls by Taking Note of the Following

To minimise your risk of a fall whilst using a walking aid in the home, there are a number of actions that you can take:
                • Remove all loose rugs and clutter from the floor.
                • Try to keep your access routes around the house clear at all times.
                • If you have stairs in your house and use a walking aid, obtain a second one and keep one upstairs and one downstairs.
                • Do not attempt to take a walking frame up and down stairs as it is very dangerous.
                • Do not attempt to use a walking frame or stick to rise from a chair. They are not stable enough.
                • Walking equipment should not be used in wet floor areas.
                • Grab rails can be installed if you need to access a wet room or shower area.
                • Footwear should be well fitted, secure on your feet and supportive as you walk.
                • It is vital that your walking aid is kept in good condition

Useful Tips

• Take breaks, to give your arms and legs a rest.
                    • Use a backpack to carry your things hands-free.
                    • Take very small steps in slippery, wet, or greasy areas as your crutches can slide out from under you.
                    • Be aware of small rugs, toys, and any other floor clutter.
                    • While sleeping, elevate the injured area so the swelling goes down.
                    • Do not wear heels or unsteady shoes.
                    • Don't walk as much as you do, too much pressure on your hands will hurt really badly.
                    • Walk slowly!
                    • Smaller steps will make you less tired but you will go slower.
It is a good idea to have a second walking aid.
You can safely purchase a second walking aid with the same features as the one with which you have already been provided, without the advice of a professional.
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