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The assistive walking device is used for patients who have impaired balance control, walking ability, or lower extremity muscle weakness to promote the patients to increase levels of independence including walker frame, crutches, and cane. Each type of assistive walking device has physical characteristics, level of supporting the patient’s weight, and indications that varies. However, long-lasting use of walking device or inappropriate selection contributes negative impacts on to the patient. Thus, rehabilitation professionals should routinely evaluate their patient’ s assistive devices to ensure proper height, fit, and safety to promote the advancement of walking ability and prevent negative impacts due to long-lasting use of an assistive walking device.
Keywords: walking, assistive walking devices, walker, crutches, cane