Traditional Walkers vs. Wheeled Walkers with Gliders

Posted by Deborah Lee on


Do you know the differences between the two types of walkers? Here are some comparison points:

  • Effort - Is it easy to use?
  • Posture - Does it encourage the user to have an upright posture?
  • Size - Is it portable?

#1 Effort

Traditional Walker: Maximum Effort
As the user is required to lift the walker each time he/she walks, more effort is required to use the walker. Furthermore, the need to lift the walker for each step makes it more dangerous for the user, especially if he/she does not have much strength to start with.

Furthermore, many users operate the traditional walker incorrectly. Some models of the traditional walking frames require the user to coordinate both his/her arms and feet. Incorrect usage can result in strained arms and bad posture.

Walker with Wheels: Minimal Effort
The wheeled walkers come with two small wheels in front and gliders at the rear, allowing the user to simply push the walker as he/she walks. There is no need to lift the walker at all. As such, the user expends minimal effort for maximum stability.

Worried that the back gliders may wear off over time? Fret not for there are replacement parts available! Do note that the replacement parts are specific to the model that you use! 

#2 Posture

Traditional Walker: Hunched Back
The need to lift the walker and/or coordinate the arms and feet tend to cause the user to walk with a hunch. Over time, this is bad on the back and arms.

Walker with Wheels: Upright
On the contrary, since the user needs to simply push the walker with wheels along while walking, the user can just stand comfortably while using the walker. Some models, like the EZ Fold-N-Go Walker, have adjustable handle heights to suit the needs of each user.


#3 Size

Traditional Walker: Bulky
The traditional walking frames tend to be more bulky. When kept, it folds inwards - forming a large bulky piece. Once folded, it has to be leaned against the wall as it is unable to stand on its own when folded.

Wheeled Walker: Compact
The wheeled walker can be folded into a compact size - alike that of a pram. It can stand on its own and does not require to be leaned against any surface when folded.

Knowing these comparison points, you can now make a better, more informed choice to suit your needs. Still unsure? Refer to our mobility spectrum infographic to find the mobility aid that best suit your requirements!

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