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Hi Kathy, some walkers can only be adjusted so high. Hope this helps you out, Measure the distance from the floor to your wrist. This is how high from the ground your walker's grips (handles) should be. To use your walker properly and to avoid pain in your back or arms, you do not want to bend over to hold your walker nor do you want to reach up to hold your walker. I hope this link helps you out. https://www.thiscaringhome.org/the-best-walkers-for-seniors/
It would depend on the type of walker you have. Most are only made to used in a leaning over position. You can purchase an upright walker but they are a little pricey.
You should be able to see a button on each leg which you have to have some strength to push in and at the same time adjust the height. Maybe a good idea would be to get someone to help you do it!
Hi Kathy: Make sure you have raised it as far as you can using the buttons. I'd be careful trying to make diy adjustments, or fitting something into the walker, as it may cause a tipping problem. Check with your medical supply company and ask about walkers for taller people. Good luck
Hi! Was the walker ordered for you, or are you trying an old one out? When an OT or PT orders a walker for someone, the person's height and weight are factors in the size of the walker. In therapy, patients are educated/trained to walk as upright as possible, moving the walker ahead, a step at a time. Leaning over the walker can cause a lack of balance and an increased risk of falls. Or as I learned in training, your body goes where you are looking. You need to be looking forward when walking. Just like canes and crutches, one size doesn't fit all. Please consider consulting whoever prescribed the walker to make sure it is the right walker for you, now. Be safe!
Walkers can be adjusted to a higher height but cannot be adjusted to the height of an upright position. You would need to buy a walker that comes with that height adjustment.
You can't and you shouldn't. Walkers must conform to ADA and Medicare standards. Walkers adjust to a fixed height. Any modification to the walker will compromise it and make it dangerous to use.
Most walkers have adjustment buttons on the leg and can be moved up or down based on the person's height. Check with mobility store to determine the correct height forthe person. My mom uses a cane and was complaining that her arm hurt. I moved the cane length 1 more inch and she didn't have a problem after that.
An adjustable walker is definitely the way to go! There are a lot of resources that state that when you are standing up as tall as you can, try to keep a 20 degree bend in your elbow...but really...what does that even mean?
I like to do a quick height test. Stand up as straight as you can and place the walker right in front of you. Is the top of the walker at the height of your wrist? If not, it needs to be adjusted. If it is too high, hitting your forearm, lower it down. If it is too low, touching your fingers, raise it up.
All four legs of the walker should be the same height - so when you look at the number on the leg of the walker, they should all be the same.
It should be comfortable so you are not bending down to reach it or have your shoulders up toward your ears because it is too tall.
By adjusting it to your wrist level, it brings the height to the recommended 20 degree bend in the elbow, but without measuring or cracking out your 10th grade geometry!
Some walkers have arm and hand supports like this.... https://www.costway.com/folding-adjustable-aluminum-wheel-walking-frame.html?piid=9228800&fee=4&fep=14903&utm_source=google&utm_medium=googleshopping&utm_campaign=googleshopping&gclid=Cj0KCQiAhs79BRD0ARIsAC6XpaU9NG7_b3sgXk4Q5YSi_hLj6qFx-hXHR1rKDi5sKRpj2GNfWmvvHVkaAvi0EALw_wcB I have also had add-on supports that fasten to the walker for under the arm and a hand grab.... these were gotten by my disabled client while in rehab..... so you might check with physical therapy or a disabled rehab dept at local hospital.... here is the same one that fits on a regular walker and adjusts up or down to the clients under arm height.... https://www.parentgiving.com/shop/walker-platform-attachment-5414/p/9255/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&gclid=Cj0KCQiAhs79BRD0ARIsAC6XpaXWqr3-62umxFRKgyDI1Az84M_aGfFGjx-dn--gn8K1qRFs61E_UCAaAvRoEALw_wcB
My dad had an old walker and then he got a new one. The comport and safety of a new walker can't be stated enough. The new walks are more stable, comfortable for the user and have the added benefit of hand brakes.
Do you have a picture of what you are working with?