What walking aids do you use if any?

I hope this is the right place to post this question.
I am interested to know what walking aids you use if any that includes any to help keep your balance
At present I use crutches but it’s becoming more difficult to walk with them and keep my balance so looking for something else.
That’s why I thought I would ask you lovely people
for what you found best and helpful.
I am 57 female have COPD and rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia
Thank you

Hi,
My balance is still generally very good and I do not use walking aids on a day to day basis. However, I was referred to the Surgical Appliance Dept at the local hospital as I do not lift my left foot smoothly. They supplied a device called AFO -Ankle Foot Orthosis extra strong which is basically a thin plastic insole complete with a section that comes behind your calf and fastens round the top of your calf with a Velcro strap. It works very well when walking over rougher ground and helps prevent scuffing your toes into the ground and/or losing your balance. They also supplied a simpler device that has a strap above your ankle linked to a strap under the shoes tongue by an elasticated strap. It performs the same function but I prefer the first item.

If you need crutches these may not be sufficient but it may be worth looking into.

Best Wishes.

Must be worth trying a walker/triwalker/rollator – they have so many different names. I could not get used to a stick, my biggest problem is balance and a stick made it worse by only supporting me on one side. I have a triwalker on loan from local NHS which I find best for getting on and off buses, and a rollator I bought from the Parkinsons catalogue which is best if walking longer distances because you can stop and use it as a seat.
best of luck

Thanks Mosie
I use 2 crutches but am struggling with them so I have got a rollator so will see how that goes and talk to my parkinsons nurse when I have my first appointment in a couple of weeks.

My dad started with a walking stick but after a number of years he now uses a rolator unless it’s a really long distance when we would use the wheelchair. He also has a golf buggy to whizz round in.

I think I will have to look into having something help me in doors.
I may wait until i see my parkinsons nurse on the 2nd, I had another fall this morning.
I managed to get myself to the stairs and pull myself up that way.
I dont think my knees will be able to take any more lol.

My dad had quite a few falls before he was diagnosed (after recovering from cancer). He struggled to get back up but luckily since meds etc hasn’t had one since. He wasn’t initially happy when I got the aids but I said they were really only as a preventative measure and to use them on his bad days. Even now, on good days he doesn’t need them but are there when he does to give him independence (& keep him safe)

I was introduced to a type of Nordic Pole called Activator. They have a ledge at the top instead of the usual loop, and by pushing down on this this one is helped to stay upright. I use them for walking round the garden and for walking in general, but, of course, cannot carry anything at the same time. If i need to take a bag or something with me, then i use a 4 wheel rollator, as i can hang the bag on the handle. Mostly i use a “bumbag” as it keeps my hands free for other things.

good luck.

I to have a bumbag never thought of using it in doors.