Falls and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

29. How can I choose the right kind of walker if I need one?

If you need to use a walker, it is important to choose the right kind for you. It's also important to develop a habit of using any walking aid correctly. A physical therapist can help you choose a walker that meets your needs and fits you well. Four-wheeled walkers can be used if you don't need to put your weight on the walker for balance. Those with two tips and two wheels can roll, depending on where you place your weight. Walkers with tips only are quite common and will not roll.

When using a walker, your elbows should be at a comfortable angle of about 30 degrees. Also, when your arms are relaxed at your sides, the inside of your wrist should be at the top of the walker grip.