Natasha's Recommended Walking Aids
What are the benefits of a Walking Aid?
Walking aids can provide confidence and stability to people who feel unsteady or have had falls, as well as offering assurance to those who feel unsteady in wide open spaces. Walking is a fantastic way to keep your heart and your mind healthy so anything you need to support you walking indoors or outdoors is a good decision.
Walking sticks are a classic aid to mobility, but with modern designs that offer more comfort to the user, and more consideration given to the appearance of the aids, I love the fact that there is now plenty of variety to choose from. However, small changes to the ends of the sticks or a change to the hand grips of a frame can change the suitability of the aid for the user, so do take a look at my reviews below to help you understand which walking aid can help you best.
Adjustable height aids - An aid set to the correct height for your dimensions will offer far better stability, posture and comfort.
Shaped hand grips - Distributing the pressure more evenly over the palm of you hand, you can find more comfort and security with these handles.
Integrated seats - Offering additional peace of mind if you suffer with fatigue or pain with standing or walking for a long time.
Collapsible walking aids - Frames and sticks can collapse down for easy storage and transportation, and are clicked into position for sturdy use when opened.
Is the walking aid tall enough or wide enough for proper use?
Do you need to take a rest after a long time standing or walking?
Can the aid support your weight correctly when walking?
If the aid has a seat, does it have enough room for comfortable support?
Will you be lifting the walking aid into a car or storage space?
Do you need to reduce vibrations in the frame when walking?
Whether you choose a 4-wheeled rollator, a tri-walker or a traditional walking stick all depends on the level of stability you need from your walking aid. You should also think about your current level of mobility, and how that might change in the future. Take a look at 5 of my favourite walking aids below.