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Health Tip: Testing a Walker Before You Buy

(HealthDay News) -- If you've been advised to buy a walker to help with mobility and balance, it's important to find the right fit.

Here are suggestions from the Calgary Health Region:

  • Put on the shoes you'll be wearing when you test the walker.
  • Stand up straight.
  • Put the walker in front of and partially around you.
  • Place both hands on the handgrips of the walker.
  • Your elbows should be slightly bent and the hand grips should be at wrist level when your arms are hanging by your side. Otherwise, adjust the walker's height.

-- Felicity Stone

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