If your doctor has recently recommended a walker for you, there is a lot to consider before you make a purchase. Consult with your doctor to learn what model they recommend for you and then come see us at All-Star Medical. We have a huge selection of walkers for sale in Portland, TN and our expert staff can help you pick out and fit you with the right model. If you are just beginning to investigate walkers, we can provide you with some basic information to help you have a better understanding of what is available.
The standard walker consists of four nonskid pads and no wheels. To move it, you pick it up and move it forward then step forward to follow it. This provides the highest level of support and stability for those who are unsure on their feet and may have balance issues.
Two-wheeled walkers are the next step up in mobility. They have two wheels in front and two nonskid pads in the back. This style is beneficial for those who need weight-bearing help at times but not consistently.
For those who are bit more confident walking and need minimal support for balance, there is a three-wheel and four-wheel walker. These models are sometimes called rollators and often come with seats and storage compartments built in to make extended walks more comfortable. These models are also designed to navigate uneven terrain making them ideal for people who like to stay active outdoors.
There are numerous accessories for all styles of walkers to make them fit better into your life. For the standard and two wheels models, there are trays that attach so that you can carry items safely with you and keep two hands on the walker. Baskets, nylon pouches, cup holders and heavy-duty wheels are just a few other accessories we offer. Often you see tennis balls on the back legs of standard walkers to increase stability and create more traction. Alternatively, plastic Glide Skis can be added to rear legs to provide smoother transportation over most surfaces.
When getting a walker, it is key to work with your doctor to ensure that you get the right model for your individual needs. It is also important that you have a knowledgeable and trained professional fit your walker to your height. Improper height can cause you to stoop and can lead to back pain and increases your risk of a fall. At All-Star Medical, all our employees are trained to adjust walkers so that you are safe.
We offer two locations with showrooms that include various walker models and accessories; however, if you are not able to come to us, we do offer free shipping on all our walkers, rollators and accessories. You can view our selection of mobility aides here and contact us with any questions.