Using a Standard Walker

After surgery you will need to use a gait aid while you walk. Whether you use crutches or a walker will depend on things like your home environment, your balance, etc.

When using a walker, it is important to remember that a walker is primarily used when walking on level ground.  A walker can be used safely to climb a step if the step is deep enough to accommodate all four legs of the walker at the same time.

To walk with a walker:

  • Move the walker first, making sure all four legs are on the ground
    walking with walker
  • Move your operated leg next into the middle of the walker
    walking with walker
  • Putting the allowed weight on your operated leg and the rest of your weight through the handles of the walker, move your good leg forward, even with your operated leg
    walking with walker