Understanding Different Types of Walkers

Thanks to innovations in medicine and technology, there is a much wider selection of mobility aids on the market today than there was even ten years ago. A walker is one of the most common mobility support tools used to assist individuals of all ages for many reasons, like recovering from surgery or injury. But with so many different styles on the market, how are you supposed to know which walker best fits your mobility needs?

Let’s go over the most common types of walkers to help you make the right choice!

The Standard Walker

standard walker has four legs with rubber tips (no wheels) and a top rail with two foam handgrips. It is designed for stability, support, and balance. Because you have to pick them up to move, standard walkers work best for shorter distances and indoor use. Many are available in foldable models for easy transport and storage. If you move slower or need something to support much of your weight, the standard walker is your best bet.

The Two-Wheel Walker

True to its name, the two-wheel walker has wheels on its two front legs that move forward when you apply weight to them. They’re ideal for individuals who need some weight-bearing support but not constantly. Slow walkers and anyone with limited mobility can benefit from this type of walker.

The Three-Wheel Walker

As you might’ve guessed, the three-wheel walker has three wheels—two in the back and one in the front. It offers easier maneuverability than a two-wheel model but is more lightweight than a four-wheel rollator. The widespread back wheels provide the stability that suits many elderly individuals and others with mobility limitations.

The Four-Wheel Walker

Also known as a rollator, the four-wheel walker is designed for speed and smooth mobility. Since you need to be able to maintain control, those looking for a walker to lean or otherwise put their weight on should avoid this model. Anyone in need of a little extra support, who is a low fall risk, or who stops often when walking should consider a four-wheel walker. Rollators are usually available with a variety of helpful accessories as well, such as adjustable seats, storage bags, and wheel locks.

If you need help deciding which type of walker will best suit your mobility needs, contact the team at BEK Medical. We carry a wide selection of walkers, accessories, and other mobility aids to get you where you need to go at your preferred speed.

Browse our mobility products online or stop by in-store to speak with a specialist about a walker today!