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Wait! You Can Fall Using a Walker or a Cane?

Get Organized for Safety With These Tips

Since I began writing this blog in 2009, I have recommended that anyone over 65 take the following steps to reduce your fall risk:

  • Have your medications reviewed by your doctor: Something you're taking could increase your risk of falling.
  • Have regular vision exams. A new or better eyeglass or contact lens prescription could also help reduce your risk.
  • Declutter your home to get rid of tripping hazards.
  • Participate in regular exercise, especially for strength and balance.

4 Steps for Choosing the Right Walker or Cane

  1. Start by seeing a physical or occupational therapist to get recommendations for an appropriate walking aide. There are many different types of walkers, some with wheels and some without. The same holds true for canes: They range from straight (one leg) to four (quad cane). The therapist can assess your mobility needs and help you choose the correct device.
  2. To check the fit of the device, stand up straight with your shoes on and your arms down at your sides. The top of the cane or walker should align with the crease in your wrist. Your elbow should bend 15 to 20 degrees when you put your hand on the top of the walker.
  3. When you're using a cane on stairs, follow these rules: If you're using stairs with handrails on both sides, hold the handrails and go up with your "good leg" (the one that's strongest and/or not injured) first, and down with your "bad leg" first. If there's only one handrail, hold your cane in the opposite hand and do the same. If there are no handrails, place your cane in the hand opposite your bad, weaker, or injured leg. Step up with your good leg first and then bring up the bad leg with your cane. To go down, first put your cane on the step, followed by your injured leg, and then finally your good leg. The easiest way to remember which leg goes first is by recalling this: The good go to heaven (up) and the bad go to hell (down).
  4. When you're using a walker, move it about one footstep ahead.Be sure all walker legs are touching the floor, than walk forward “into” the walker. Often, I tell my patients to stay inside the walker and not let it get too far ahead of their feet.

One last thing: Monitor the rubber tips on your walker legs and cane, and replace them if they’re getting worn.

Photo: Corbis

Last Updated:3/14/2016
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