There are a large variety of walking aids available for people who need help with their mobility in the short term or for longer periods. During rehabilitation, a person may progress from one type of walking aid to another as their strength increases and they need less and less support. Walking aids can be of great benefit to:
- People with injuries on one or both legs where the person has to reduce the weight that bears on that injury e.g. severe sprains, fractures, or following surgery or amputation.
- People who experience pain in any weight-bearing joint due to injury or disease.
- People with reduced balance due to general debility, injury or disease.
The choice of walking aid depends on the person, their mobility, their fitness and their condition. The correct choice and fitting of walking aids is best done by a qualified physiotherapist.