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    Tips for getting about

    Hi

    I just wondered for those that walk about outside. What aids do you use? I’m looking for tips to do with getting around outside safely. My main problems are balance, stiffness causing me to feel like I can’t use my legs safely (rare), general fatigue and difficulty on stairs and slopes. I’m not doing too bad and to look at me I look totally normal but when it comes to stairs and slopes I feel like I’m going to have an accident soon if I don’t start keeping some kind of aid on me.

    Any tips or ideas? What does everyone else use? I was looking at a fold up crutch. I keep going to buy it then thinking Oh I’m fine, I don’t need it, but I am struggling some days.Would it be a crutch, double crutches or a stick I need anyway? How would I use it to best help me? Anyway what do you all use, do you have any advice? Thank you. :)

    croissant
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    #134145
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    hi croissant,

    now full time chair user outside as I can no longer take steps without a high level walker to lean on. but my first step was the on/off intro of a single walking stick for balance particularly doing steps and to correct my posture as many of my falls was the weakening of my back and hips and the change to the angle I was walking in.

    order one of each from argos and try around the house till you see whats comfortable. I preferred a single stick as it left hand free for other things. i did gradually go to two sticks but it was years after first intro of initial stick

    another idea I am currently looking into is KAFOS to see if the addition of leg supports or lower back support would get me walking more securely again.

    Its always a big step. but it does no harm to have the stick in the car or cupboard or even a fold up in our bag especially going into the winter.

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    Cat (Mod) Cat (Mod)
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    #134147
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    Sorry you have this problem and the worry of what to do next.

    The easy answer is to get advice, probably from the Occupational
    Therapy people.

    Have moved to a mobility scooter now but for years found that the
    answer was to use a “Rollator” , a wheeled walker with seat. Two
    handles for support and a vital seat whenever you need it. On
    flat surfaces I used to sit in it and scoot around with my feet even.

    Seemed to be the best of all worlds.

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #134148
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    This was what I used for over four years.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Roma-City-Walker-Lightweight-Folding-Rollator-4-Wheel-Walking-Aid-Zimmer-Frame-/261097670913

    They have a walking stick holder so you always have that backup.

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #134176
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    I use one or two walking poles depending on circumstances. They are in fact photographic monopods so serve me in two ways, and they collapse down two. Walking poles do the job just as well and can vary in price from £4 – £40. Clearly if I am to go a long way then I will use my faithful wheels which also means I conserve more enegry.
    As for your balance you need to consider where the key to the problem lies. You need three things to work together to keep your balance. Kinaesthetic responses from your legs and body, for example do yu feel weight on your feet and therefore yoou are standing on them. You also need to have good eyesight, so you can determine whether or not you are uporight and where the horizon is. Finally you also nee to have your balance organs working so they can detect any movement (acceleration) aroudn a particular orientation. If two of these agree all is well and you do not feel dizzy. A simple illustration would be like this one I used on my training courses. Get someone to stand on a matress of a bed. Not too bad but not easy. Then turn the light off. usually, if the room is completely black, they will fall over.
    From what you say it suggests that your problem is stemming from your muscle problems and whislt you can feel the ground under you the muscles will not let you keep position. Thus I would suggest two poles that will stop any involuntary swaying and make you feel more secure. The longer poles , as opposed to walkign sticks, I also find give better upper body support and in my opinion having used them for years, are far easier thah sticks.
    As Taugngfox has said a Rollator can be brilliant, although I find in my neck of the woods at least it does restrict access to many shops and the like becasue of its width.

    Mike

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    #134281
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    My new Rollator folds flat longitudinally and
    also wheels perfectly in it’s folded state.

    This they have solved the problem and you can get
    through any doorway and negotiate trains and buses.

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #134686
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    http://www.rica.org.uk/content/features-wheeled-walking-frames

    above is handy page with full descriptions and options regards walker frames.

    mines a days high level forearm walker similar to the one pictures on the holding on section. meaning its high and I can lean elbows on supports to aid in weight balance.

    http://www.rica.org.uk/content/walking-sticks-and-crutches

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    http://www.rica.org.uk/content/features-wheeled-walking-frames
    above is handy page with full descriptions and options regards walker frames.
    mines a days high level forearm walker similar to the one pictures on the holding on section. meaning its high and I can lean elbows on supports to aid in weight balance.
    http://www.rica.org.uk/content/walking-sticks-and-crutches

    What a superb guide! Thanks for posting.

    Did consider the high level arm rests, they are a useful option.

    One small point, it says kerbs are difficult. The latest ones have
    “Kerb raisers” that are a bar continued beyond the wheel. Then when
    you come to a kerb you just put a bit of foot pressure on
    the raiser and the wheels raise easily due to the wheel acting
    as a perfect fulcrum. Vital for trains and buses.

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #134719
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    Just a note on the walking stick grips/handles.

    I use the dedicated right hand half grip handles as opposed to the full Fischer grip.

    I tried the full grip & discovered two things, you’ll develop blisters on different parts of your hands but, also, I found the shape a bit too grippy, if you know what I mean. The Hand fitted too well & you have less movement left or right in the wrist & I found when I unfortunately fell it was much harder to push the stick away from myself & let go of it.

    The half grip sticks are very convenient, the right balance between no grip & full.

    That’s for indoors & I have several sticks propped up in different rooms in case I drop one & a grabber isn’t to hand.

    Outdoors I use me infamous chariot & very grateful I am for it too.

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    I, Disabled Bloke
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    #134735
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    has anyone every used the Elbow lean type crutches.

    seen them in shops but cant think how they work in practice for folk who have wonky walking and need to lean to adjust balance.

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    has anyone every used the Elbow lean type crutches.

    seen them in shops but cant think how they work in practice for folk who have wonky walking and need to lean to adjust balance.

    """""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""

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