How Do You Choose the Best Rolling Walker?
Updated: Dec 3, 2021
A rolling walker (also known as a rollator walker) is a helpful assistance device for those that need additional support to maintain stability and balance while walking. Used by those of all ages (although most commonly by those of the older generation) around the world, there are a variety of types available, including those with seats, a knee platform, baskets, and a braking system. Whether you are of the older generation or recovering from a foot, ankle, or knee injury, a rolling walker is essential.
When looking at rolling walkers, it’s clear that they vary significantly in price depending on the features that they include. It might also depend on the material that they are created from – there is a variety available, from an aluminum rollator to rollators constructed out of other light-weight metals.
There are also a variety of brands on the market, from the Hugo Elite Rollator Walker to Drive medical rolling wheel walkers. The price of the rolling walker might be a factor when deciding which rolling walker is appropriate for your needs.
But How Do You Choose the Best Rolling Walker for Your Needs?
To decide which rolling walker is most appropriate for your needs, it’s essential to determine:
What is the weight capacity: do you need a standard (200 - 300 lbs) or bariatric (up to 500 lbs) rolling walker?
Whether you want a rolling walker with a seat: This will make it more comfortable for those needing to take regular breaks while walking.
How many wheels do you want on your rolling walker: is two, three, or four wheels more appropriate?
What size wheels do you want? Six inches, 8 inches or another dimension?
Do I need pushdown brakes? These are more appropriate for those who can’t grip the rolling walker very well.
Can the rolling walker be folded so that it can be easily transported and stored? A rolling walker that can carry easily and fit within storage is essential for many who are searching for the perfect rolling walker.
How Do You Know What the Weight Capacity Is?
The weight capacity of the rolling walker will be listed under the product dimensions. The weight capacity will vary from walker to walker; therefore, it’s essential that you check this before purchasing. This is particularly important if you’re looking for a rolling walker with a seat, as you will want to ensure that it can hold your weight. The bariatric rolling walkers will not only be heavy-duty, but they will have larger seats to accommodate the individual.
What If You Recently Had Foot, Knee, or Leg Surgery?
If you are recovering from foot, knee, or leg surgery, you should invest in a rolling knee walker. This will allow you to rest one of your legs as you use the other one to walk. Rolling walkers with baskets or a storage bag are also incredibly helpful both for those who have just had surgery and those with poor balance as it allows the weight of whatever they are carrying to be taken by the roller – instead of having to move it over your shoulder physically.
A 2006 study that tested rolling walker showed that “during rollator-walking, the ankle and knee joints were less dorsiflexed/flexed and had a smaller ROM than during normal walking” (results of which are shown in the graph below). This find reinforces how a rolling walker is useful for those who have recently had foot/ankle/knee surgery and need assistance with weight-bearing.
What Size Walker Is Appropriate?
Rolling walkers are available in a variety of sizes that are appropriate for children and adults. To find out whether the rolling walker is the right size for you, it’s essential to look at the product description. This will give you a better indication of the dimensions and whether or not the handle height can be adjusted.
But How Do You Test Whether the Size Is Suitable for You?
1- Try and stand in-between the walker and bend your elbows. If your hands line up with the handgrips and your arms are relaxed, it’s the right size for you.
2- If you have a rolling seat with a walker, can you comfortably rest your knee on the seat? If not, adjust the roller so that you can do this.
Should You Choose Foam or Plastic Handlebars?
One thing to consider about rolling walkers is that to grip them; you will have to have sufficient hand strength. If you are having trouble with your balance or are looking for a walker for seniors, the handles must be firm and non-slippery. The handgrips will also have to be comfortable as you will need to use the rolling walker for long periods.
When it comes to the material, the standard type of handlebars is plastic. However, if you’re looking for a rolling walker that offers more comfortable hand grips, maybe foam is your best option. You should also check that they have adjustable handles.
Who Should Get a Rolling Walker?
As mentioned above, a rolling walker is appropriate for those of all ages – not just baby boomers. Rolling walkers are also suitable for those who get fatigued easily (you might be suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, or another dilapidating disease), for those who have an ever-decreasing weight-bearing ability, and those who suffer from poor balance.
Get in Contact with Medical Market Today!
If you’re interested in purchasing a rolling walker or have questions regarding them, get in contact with Medical Market today. We will advise you on which rolling walker is most appropriate for your needs. You can contact us either by calling us on 408-266-2369 (our San Jose location) or 209-409-8427 (our Modesto location). Alternatively, you can complete the easy-to-use online form.