Walking aids include braces, canes, crutches, rollators and walkers. The styles and varieties of walking aids help individuals compensate for muscle weakness, injury or balance issues.
Some people with multiple sclerosis or other conditions wear leg braces to negotiate stairs, rise from sitting and walk. People who experience weakness or injury on one side often benefit from using canes, especially the four-legged version that provides extra stability.
Crutches provide temporary assistance for injuries, but some conditions require continual support. Rollators with wheels help individuals with balance issues, and they include hand brakes. Walkers feature adjustable heights, and they are typically very lightweight. Walkers may have wheels or rubber-tipped legs.