Many of us know only one type of walker: the standard 4-legged metal walker. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many types of walkers.
The walkers that are developed by Drive Medical – a leading distributor of durable medical equipment – can be categorized into three: standard type, 2-wheeled type and the specialty type.
- Standard Type
The standard drive walkers are designed with only a basic frame and four legs without wheels. This simple design provides enough stability to bear significant weight. An example of the standard walker is the two button folding universal walker. The push-button mechanism of this specific mobility solution enables the users to easily fold the walker close and adjust the height.
The 2-wheeled drive walkers are used by those who do not need that much support and stability but who also do not require the agility offered by the 4-wheeled or 3-wheeled rollator.
- Specialty Type
The following are the specialty drive walkers:
- Knee Walker
The knee walker is the modern-day option to crutches. This assistive technology, in particular, is appropriate for those recuperating from foot surgery, sprains, breaks, ulcers and amputations of the foot.
- Side Style Hemi One Arm Drive Walkers
This type of drive walkers is specifically meant for those with the use of only one arm or hand.
- Bariatric Drive Walkers
The bariatric drive walkers are meant for individuals who are overweight or obese. The heavy duty bariatric walker by Drive Medical, for instance, has a deeper and wider frame to accommodate those up to 500 lbs.
- Knee Walker
Here are the benefits of using drive walkers: chances of falling are reduced with the use of drive walkers, and users of drive walkers are more independent as they do not have to rely on other people to get around.
In general, drive walkers are prescribed to individuals who cannot bear weight on one or both legs. Those who have undergone hip replacement and other surgery in the lower extremities benefit from drive walkers. The use of drive walkers prevents the premature and destructive use of wheelchairs.