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How to Choose a Walking Frame

Monday, February 19th, 2018 by morethan

Walking frames are designed for people who need more support than a cane provides, but who do not require a wheelchair. walking frameWalkers allow you to place more weight on your arms, instead of your legs, and also assist with support and balance.

Most walking frames or Zimmer frames have the same basic design – four legs and a lightweight frame.  Walking frames are also available with wheels on the two front legs.

Hinged front leg frame

This design has the front section of the frame on a hinge with the back section of the frame. The folding mechanism is activated by pulling a ball which is mounted on a piece of string. When this ball is pulled towards you, the brace bar which runs around the bottom of the frame slides up. At the same time the front section moves inwards until the front and back legs meet.

This type of mechanism is easy and intuitive to use but does not result in a completely flat frame when folded. However, it does reduce the size sufficiently to get the frame into a car boot or to store in a wardrobe for example.

Side folding frame

This type of folding Zimmer frame has a different frame to the traditional Zimmer. Instead of the frame narrowing to the front, these frames are the same width at the front as they are at the back. To fold the frame, a locking catch must be depressed using the palm of your hand on the bar which runs across the front of the frame. This allows each side to be folded in to meet the front section. When folded, this type of frame is flat and more space efficient.

Forearm Zimmer Frames

This type of frame is essentially the same as a standard Zimmer but with forearms troughs rather than handgrips. This allows you to transfer the weight through your forearms rather than your hands. This will be particularly helpful if you have painful or arthritic hands and find gripping the frame difficult. The position of the trough and the upright hand grips are adjustable.

Reciprocal Zimmer Frames

A reciprocal Zimmer frame operates with a pivot mechanism for each side. This allows you to lift up and move forward one side of the frame at a time. This tends to be more in step with how you walk naturally and may feel more intuitive to use. However, careful consideration should be given to how much weight is being placed on the frame and whether having one arm forward of the other may create difficulties.

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More than Mobility Team

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