The Ultimate Guide For Choosing Your Walking Aid

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Walking Aid

Do you suffer from limited mobility? Perhaps this is due to arthritis or an injury? Or are you recovering from surgery and looking for a tool to help you get around and maintain your independence while doing so?

Whatever your needs, you must ensure that you are safe when using your walking aid. You may need to consider which one best suits your requirements. With that in mind, here is a guide to some of the most popular walking aids, which will help you choose one which will help you get out and about.

Mobility Scooters

Mobility scooters look like a hybrid of a motorbike and a scooter. They allow you to sit down, and they can be driven both on the street and (in some instances) in more rural areas. They can be chargeable (or they may run on petrol) and can travel at speeds from 4 mph. However, one concern that many people have is related to the cost of mobility scooters. Therefore, you may wish to consider renting first. Look online for mobility scooters Sydney NSW and rent one to see if they suit you.

Walking frames

Walking frames also known as Zimmer frames are common and come in different types. The first is a standard walking frame. This looks like two walking sticks fused, allowing you to take small steps forward. They are suitable for people who have extreme discomfort or limited mobility especially in the hips or leg joints. 

The second type of walking frame has wheels. It is better suited for those who have more mobility but still need support when walking. They are cheap and available in most mobility stores.

Walking Sticks

Walking sticks are a great solution if you begin to suffer from the early signs of arthritis in your hips or other leg joints. They are also perfect if you are recovering from surgery on one of your legs or your hips! You can use two together to support both legs, but in this instance, your doctor may suggest a walking frame instead to ensure that you stay safe while out and about. 

Walking sticks can be foldable or made from wood. The foldable options are usually made from durable but lightweight titanium or steel. They also are cheap and once again are available in most stores. They can also be stylish, with many alternative options available to the traditional walking stick. This is great if you want to add a bit of flair to yourself when walking around the park!


Wheelchairs are a great solution if you cannot move your legs or have severe balance or mobility issues. There is the manual wheelchair, which requires your arms to steer by moving the back wheels. Alternatively, the more popular electric wheelchair can be controlled with a lever usually placed on either the left or right arm, depending on which is your dominant hand. Like mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs can reach speeds of around 4-8 mph, and they can make a world of difference if you are a social butterfly with mobility problems. 

They come in a range of prices, with foldable manual wheelchairs on the lower end of the scale.

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