For patients who have chronic problems, including hip and knee arthritis, as well as those who have acute injuries, such as ankle sprains and leg fractures.
Mobility products such as canes, crutches and walkers are prescribed for patients needing mobility assistance for daily activities, but who are not as incapacitated as those needing mobility products like wheelchairs. Canes, crutches and walkers can be used during short-term injury or post-operative recovery or for chronic and intermittent conditions such as:
- Orthopedic Injuries
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Weakness from Cancer Treatment
A single-point cane is helpful for many conditions where a little extra support can alleviate pain and discomfort. A cane is the simplest way to lend some support to the leg, though it is not an appropriate option when weight must be completely removed from the extremity.
A quad cane is a good option for people who need more stability than a standard single-point cane can offer, but who do not need the full support of a walker extremity.
Crutches allow you to completely remove weight from the extremity. Crutches require good stability and upper body strength, so they are often less useful to elderly patients. However, crutches can provide both excellent support and freedom for those with ample strength.
Using crutches takes getting used to, but a few simple steps can help you get around.
A walker is the most supportive walking aid, though it's also the most cumbersome.
A walker is an excellent option for patients with poor balance or less upper body strength. New walkers have many options and features that can make the device more convenient to use.