To safely use any walker, Skinner says, the person must have the strength and energy to move the device.
Standard walkers provide the most stable support and are often the easiest to use, especially for people who are new to the devices.
Four-wheeled walkers tend to move more quickly than rolling walkers, so they’re best for people who are more mobile and have better endurance and balance. It’s important the user is able to control the momentum of a four-wheeled walker so that it doesn’t roll away from the person or roll so fast the individual can’t keep up.
Rolling walkers move slower than four-wheeled walkers and generally do not have a seat.
“When making your choice, the key is to make sure your cane or walker is fitted well for you and addresses your personal needs, capabilities and preferences,” Skinner says. “If you have questions, don’t hesitate to connect with a physical therapist or other qualified provider.”