Health Tip: If You Need a Walker

Here's how to use one safely

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(HealthDay News) -- If you use a walker to help you get around, take note of these safety tips from the Calgary Health Region:

  • Always wear good supporting shoes, not slippers.
  • Check that the walker's rubber tips are not worn; replace them when they are.
  • When walking, place the walker no more than one step in front of you.
  • Don't step too far into the walker. You could lose your balance.
  • Don't lean on the walker when getting up or sitting down. It could tip over.
  • Avoid wet surfaces.
  • Remove scatter rugs or throw mats from your path.
  • Don't use the walker on stairs.


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