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Fitting Your Walker


Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Proper fitting helps you use your walker safely and effectively. When fitting your walker, stand up straight and wear the shoes you will normally use to walk. If your walker doesn't feel right, ask your doctor, nurse, or physical therapist (PT) to check the fit.

To check fit: Stand in the center of the walker. Make sure that the walker is locked open and that all four legs are on a level floor.

Getting to Know Your Walker

A walker is often used for injuries involving the leg or hip. It may also be used for nerve or muscle problems that affect balance. A walker gives more stability than crutches. Some walkers have wheels, others do not. Your healthcare provider will help you choose the best type of walker for your needs. Follow any special instructions you are given.

A Walker Fits If:

 Your wrists are even with the handgrips when your arms hang at your sides.

 Your arms are slightly bent at the elbows when your hands are on the grips.


 If your walker does not have wheels, it should have nonskid rubber tips to prevent slipping. Change tips that look worn.

 If you're using a folding walker, be sure you know how to lock it open. Check that it's locked open before use.

 Keep all four legs of the walker at the same length.

 Keep your back straight. Don't hunch over the walker.

Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.201.3624 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics
140 24th Street South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: 715-201-3624
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