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It's practically inevitable that at some point in our lives many of us will need some type of mobility assistance, such as a walker. This may be due to the natural process of aging, or it could be from an injury, chronic condition or surgery that makes us need medical walkers. Whatever the cause, in those times a person with limited or reduced mobility will require some type of support or assistance to remain active and independent.  It’s estimated that over 6.1 million Americans use walking devices such as canes, crutches and mobility walkers. However, walkers themselves come in a surprisingly diverse number of forms.

You might select a walker as a primary mobility device if you have chronic conditions. These could involve your respiratory or pulmonary systems, deteriorated health following a protracted illness, or are experiencing the natural process of old age. You might also need a walker if you are convalescing from an illness or surgery, or have had an amputation and are learning to walk with a prosthesis. Whatever the case, choosing walkers for your lifestyle is something that will work to help you stay mobile.

You can find walkers and medical walkers with a plethora of different features.  Some of the most common are wheels for easier movement, baskets for carrying things when your hands are occupied, or a built-in seat. Many walkers are able to be folded up for storage, and most are made of lightweight aluminum. The most familiar type of walker, the anterior walker, is meant to be positioned in front of the user as they walk. However, the posterior walker, or gait trainer, has been show to assist in posture improvement.