Walkers are much more effective than a walking stick or a cane, as they offer much more support and stability to the user. Therefore, walkers are one of the most common types of independent living medical equipment used today.

A walker typically consists of a sturdy metal frame with four legs and two handles on top. To make walkers easier to maneuver, some models will have two wheels in the front and/or skis on the back legs to make them easier to slide. Walkers with four wheels are called rollator walkers, and these offer even easier movement. Some walkers are even collapsible or foldable for easy storage. Walkers available nowadays can be adjusted to the height of the user and have very comfortable handles and ergonomic designs to ensure that blood circulation is not hampered in the arms.

At Kansas City Home Medical Supply, we have a large selection of walkers available representing many different varieties, making it easy to find a walker that is perfect for you. We even have specialty walkers such as Junior and bariatric walkers. To see our complete inventory or for help selecting the best walker, contact us, or visit one of our Kansas City stores.

When Do Individuals Need Walkers?

Walkers are recommended to those who are not able to find the kind of support and stability they need from canes or walking sticks. Walkers allow people to move faster and help reduce the risk of falling for those with limited mobility or an unsteady gait. That is why walkers are often recommended to those who have undergone surgeries in their feet, toes, legs, or ankles and are not able to support their full body weight.

Here is a list of conditions and diagnoses for which walkers are useful or required:

  • Unsteady gait
  • Hemiparsis
  • Obesity
  • Joint pain
  • Aches and pains in the legs
  • Generalized weakness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Hip replacement
  • History of falls
  • Knee replacement
  • Decreased weight bearing ability
  • Surgeries in the feet, legs or ankles
  • Post-op phase

Benefits of Using Walkers

Using a walker is simple. All the user needs to do is to lift the walker and then place it a little ahead of themselves. After this, the user leans and takes support from the walker to take a step and move forward. Walkers with wheels on the front legs or that have skis on the back are easier to operate as they can be slid over the ground rather than lifted.

Walkers make moving much easier and safer for countless individuals. Therefore, they are crucial accessories for many. The following are some of the main benefits of using walkers.

  • Walkers can reduce the risk of falls and injuries as they increase stability during movement.
  • Walkers reduce the amount of body weight that the users have to support with their legs.
  • Walkers allow people with limited movement to move faster than they would with conventional canes.
  • They also allow people to walk longer distances as they do not have to place their full body weight on their legs.
  • They can be used both indoors and outdoors.
  • They are easy to store and clean.

Buy Top Quality Walkers in Kansas City

Are you looking for a walker for yourself or for your loved one? With a wide selection of walkers available from some of the leading manufacturers, you are sure to find the equipment to meet your needs at our Kansas City stores. We carry walkers from top manufacturers such as:

  • Invacare
  • Drive medical
  • Guardian
  • Medline
  • Standers

Come in to one of our Kansas City are stores today, and our sales team will help you pick out the right walker, rollator, or mobility aid for your needs. You can also check out our large range of walkers on our website before purchasing one from our store.