If assistance is needed, the caregiver should stand behind the individual using the walker and on the same side as the injured or weak leg.
Steps for Using a Walker
To walk with a walker using a three point gait, follow these steps:
- Move the walker. Lift or roll the walker so that it is placed at a comfortable distance in front of you, about an arm’s length away. Make sure all four legs are firmly placed on the floor. The back legs of the walker should be about even with your toes.
- Move your weak leg. Moving your injured or weak leg first, step towards the walker.
- Move your good leg. Next, step forward with your good leg, bringing it slightly ahead of the injured or weak leg. As you step with your good leg, support some of your weight with the walker to avoid placing too much weight on your weak or injured leg.
- Repeat steps 1 through 3: move the walker, then the weaker leg, then the stronger leg.
Safety Tips for Using a Walker
- Be careful not to step too close to the walker or lean forward over the walker, or you may lose your balance. Keep a comfortable distance between you and the walker at all times.
- Do not place the walker too far in front of you. Keep the walker’s back legs even with your toes.
- Look straight ahead as you are walking. Keep your head up and avoid watching your feet. Looking down at your feet while you walk is more tiring and may cause you to run into something.
- Only move as fast as you feel comfortable. Take your time and don’t rush.