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Using a 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.

To use your walker, you will need to learn a new gait, or way to walk. Your healthcare provider will tell you to use either a non-weight-bearing gait (which puts no weight on one leg and foot) or a weight-bearing gait (which puts weight on both legs and feet).

Non-Weight-Bearing Gait

1. Hold the affected (injured or weaker) foot off the floor.

2. Lift the walker (roll it if you're using a wheeled walker). Move it forward about 12 inches.

3. Support your weight on your hands. Swing the unaffected (uninjured or stronger) foot forward to the center of the walker.

Weight-Bearing Gait

1. Roll the walker (lift it if you're using an unwheeled walker). Move it forward about 12 inches.

2. If you have an injured leg, a new joint, or a weaker side, step forward with that foot first. Use the walker to help you keep your balance as you take the step.

3. Bring your other foot forward to the center of 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.

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