Slide show: Tips for choosing and using walkers
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If you break a bone in your leg or foot or you're at risk of falling, a walker can make it easier for you to get around. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about the options, including:

  • Standard walker. This walker has four nonskid, rubber-tipped legs to provide stability. You must pick it up to move.
  • Two-wheel walker. This walker, which has wheels on the two front legs, is helpful if you need some, but not constant, weight-bearing help.
  • Three-wheel walker. This walker provides balance support like a four-wheel walker, but it is lighter weight and more maneuverable.
  • Four-wheel walker. This walker is for people who don't need to lean on the walker for balance.
  • Knee walker. This walker is similar to a foot-propelled scooter, but it has a platform for resting your knee.
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