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Using a walking frame

Each walking frame works differently and there are some different techniques for using frames, which depend on the frame and on the person using it.

However, there are some techniques and tips that will help you get the most out of your walking frame, no matter what make or model it is.

Prepare your home

Make sure your home is free of loose rugs, trailing electric cords, cluttered floors, and other things that could get in your way and trip you up.

If you have stairs, buy separate frames for upstairs and downstairs – don't try to take one frame up and down the stairs.

Things to do

Things to avoid

If you need help learning the best way to use your frame, you can ask a physiotherapist or occupational therapist to visit you in your own home to make sure you are getting things right.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated August 2017.

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Review key: HICMA-171761