We’re Here To Help Keep You Moving!

Posted by Jacqueline Carpenter on 15th Jan 2017

We’re Here To Help Keep You Moving!

As time continues to take its toll on all of us, we tend to find ourselves slowing down or even needing mobility assistance to keep moving at a good pace.  Here at BraceMart, we offer an extensive selection of mobility aids that will help you maintain and active lifestyle.  Mobility aids are also very beneficial for recovery or for any long-term therapy needs. With an endless selection of mobility equipment, finding the right piece is not always easy and can be very overwhelming. From walkers, crutchescanes, scooters and more, we have put together the features and benefits of each to better help you decide on whats right for you...

Knee Walkers and Crutches:

These items are ideal for those recovering from a short term injury such as post-op, sprains or any other temporary lower leg injury.

  • Crutches are a mobility aid that transfers weight from the legs to the upper body.  It is often used for people who cannot use their legs to support their weight, for reasons ranging from short-term injuries to lifelong disabilities.
  • Knee Walkers provide a comfortable pain free alternative to crutches and is ideal for individuals who are recovering from foot surgery, breaks, sprains, amputations and ulcers of the foot.  A knee scooter or knee walker is a two, three or four-wheeled alternative to crutches or a traditional walker as an ambulation aid.  It is known by many other names, such as a knee walker, knee coaster, knee cruiser, knee caddy, orthopedic scooter, or leg walker.  Over the years it has taken on many forms, from small-wheeled devices suitable for indoor use to larger sturdier units capable of use outside on grass or paved surfaces.  Today’s version is usually a lightweight, foldable design that, with the knee flexed, supports the shin of the unusable limb.  The opposite foot makes contact with the floor or ground, providing propulsion.

Power and Manual Wheelchairs:

These items are ideal for those with a more permanent or long-term mobility issue.  They are mobility aids that can help people who are not strong enough to support their own body weight or who are unable to walk due to paralysis, a medical condition or an injury move about more independently.

  • Wheelchairs can have many different features, so you'll need to decide which ones are most important for you or the person for whom you are caring.  Wheelchairs can have straight frames, tilting frames for individuals who need to recline and folding frames for easy traveling.  Chair models differ in their types of wheels as well. Some models have wheels that can travel over all types of terrains, while others are meant solely for indoor use and use on paved surfaces like sidewalks and driveways.  You should also examine the style and shape of the footrests, the armrests and the seat.  Talk to a medical professional and find out what features would be the best for your needs before selecting a wheelchair.
  • Power Wheelchairs are a motorized wheelchair, power chair, electric wheelchair or electric-powered wheelchair(EPW) propelled by means of an electric motor rather than manual power.  Motorized wheelchairs are useful for those unable to propel a manual wheelchair or who may need to use a wheelchair for distances or over terrain which would be fatiguing in a manual wheelchair.  They may also be used not just by people with 'traditional' mobility impairments, but also by people with cardiovascular and fatigue-based conditions.

Things to consider when shopping for a motorized wheelchair include, Battery Run Time, Controller/Steering, Seat Type, Environment you plan to use it in and the transportation of moving the chair from place to place.

Mobility Scooters:

mobility scooter is a mobility aid equivalent to a wheelchair but configured like a motor scooter.  It is often referred to as a power-operated vehicle/scooter or electric scooter as well.  You can have more of the freedom and independence of mobility with your choice of medical electric scooters.  These scooters are made with batteries that can last for hours, and can have carrying baskets or pouches so you can take your charger with you.  Easy-to-maneuver mobility scooters can also fit in small spaces or hallways, so you can go almost anywhere.  Three-wheel and four-wheel medical scooters are available from brands Drive MedicalInvacare and more.

Walkers and Rollators:

Rollators and rolling walkers, are ideal for someone with mild to moderate balance or support issues.  Rollators that have seats allow users to sit securely if and when they get tired.  They are great for anyone staying active for long periods of time. All walkers are designed to make life easier for seniors and anyone with muscle weakness or ongoing back pain.  If stability is your biggest concern and you need to constantly lean on a walker for balance, a standard walker without wheels might be the way to go . Whether you are tall and need an extra-tall walker, you are an adventurer who needs an outdoor walker, or you want a lightweight and portable walker, you are sure to find the one that suits your needs perfectly here at BraceMart!  We look forward to Keeping you on the move!