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Ambulatory Mobility Aids

Mobility aids like canes and walkers can help you move around.

What does it do?

A mobility aid is a device that supports your weight or helps you to balance when walking. Companies like Drive Medical, Medline, and Trust Care make these devices.

What Kinds of Ambulatory Mobility Aids Are There?


Canes come in different styles. They have one, three, or four points of contact with the ground. Some canes are foldable.


Walkers might have four straight legs or two wheels. Many walkers fold flat for storage.


A rollator is a walker with three or four wheels. It may have a fold-down seat for you to sit on. Some versions, called upright walkers, have forearm rests that come up to elbow height.


Crutches come in underarm or forearm styles. They may take more practice to use correctly than walkers.

Knee Walker

A knee walker is an alternative to using crutches if you cannot put weight on one foot. You push yourself along with the other foot, like riding a scooter.

Blue framed wheeled walker with seat

How do I see what's new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:

mobility aids, cane, walker, rollator, rolling walkers, crutches, forearm crutches, knee walker, knee scooter

How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania you would need to find your state's AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out. Do we have this in our lending library?


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Caitlin McKenney

Caitlin is an assistive technology specialist with experience working with students who have multiple disabilities and complex access needs. She runs TechOWL's used equipment and emergency preparedness programs. Caitlin enjoys learning about new tools and helping you make your technology work for you!

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