Slide show: Tips for choosing and using walkers
Illustration of a person using a walker incorrectly
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When you use the walker, stay upright as you move. This will help protect your back. Always step into the walker, rather than walking behind it. Don't push the walker too far in front of you or set the handles too high.

Also, take small steps when you turn and move slowly. Be careful when using your walker on surfaces that are slippery, carpeted or uneven. Watch for objects on the ground. Wear low-heeled shoes that have good grips on the soles.

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