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Introduction

Walking Aids & Prosthesis are Mobility Aids which are designed to assist persons with Mobility Impairments to improve their mobility if they have the ability to walk but need assistance or support. There are various types of Mobility Impairments that effect different people, so each person is unique and may require a specific type of Walking Aid to suite their disability and circumstances. There are therefor are a wide variety of different types of these Walking Aids & Prosthesis which are available in South Africa and this includes products such as:

  • Walking Aids: This includes equipment such as Walking Sticks, Crutches, Walkers, Gait Trainers and Rollaters which are used by those persons who need assistance walking.
  • Knee Walkers/ Knee Scooters: A Knee Walker or Knee Scooter is a two, three or four-wheeled alternative to Crutches or a traditional Walker as an ambulation aid.
  • Walkers & Gait Trainers: Walking is a complex function, there is a growing consensus that a well-positioned pelvis in combination with dynamic movement is critical to successful gait training. Gait Trainers assist with this.
  • Prosthesis: These products are used by persons who have lost a limb or some other part of the body and include Prosthetic Legs, Arms, Feet, Hands, etc.
  • Pediatric Equipment: There is a wide variety of different types this equipment, including various types of Walking Aids, which can assist children with Mobility Impairments to enjoy a better quality of life, these Assistive Devices are known as Pediatric Equipment and have been specially designed and manufactured to assist children, and adolescents with Posture Support, Mobility, Rehabilitation, Positioning and much, much more. These Mobility Aids and other equipment, are covered under our Pediatric Equipment section.

These and other Walking Aids are available to buy throughout South Africa from various organizations & companies such as QASA, Champion Of Hope, Prima CareSheer Mobility, Pro Mobility, Ability Assist, Sitwell, Wheelchairs on the Run, CE Mobility, Mobility Aids, Simplify Wheelchair Seating & Clinical Emergencies. Most of these companies can also service & repair the products that they sell, while companies such as Pro MobilityWheelchairs on the Run, Mobility Aids, Clinical Emergencies & Prima Care can also rent out many of these Walking Aids. Whatever your need may be, you can be guaranteed that you will find a Walking Aid that will suite your needs or disabilities to enable you to become more mobile and independent. Please read the article below to find out more information about these Walking Aids and the companies that provide them.Sitwell

Sitwell Technologies: are Specialists in the provision of Mobility & Assistive Aid Equipment for persons with physical disabilities. Sitwell Technologies represent all local suppliers as well as a number of International manufacturers of equipment, providing an unbiased view of all products available to the South African market. Their approach to Mobility is about providing a holistic solution to each individual’s needs. Sitwell Technologies also provide good quality 2nd hand products and are based in Johannesburg but can provide products throughout South Africa. You can contact them at: Tel: (+27) 11 440 8226 or email: mobility@sitwell.co.za or www.sitwell.co.za Address: 41 11th Avenue, Highlands North, Johannesburg.

Sheer Mobility: is in the market with a mission to make quality assistive devices more affordable in this country. "OurSheer Mobility imported range of European & American quality accredited products includes a wide variety of assistive devices, including "Mobility Aids" such as walking aids (rollators and walking frames), manual wheelchairs (lightweight wheelchairs and standard wheelchairs), a power wheelchair (the Rhino Power electric wheelchair)." They also install, service & repair many of the products that they supply. Sheer Mobility are based in Cape Town but can provide products throughout South Africa. You can contact them at: Tel: (021) 552 5563 or Email: brobinson@sheerocean.co.za or www.sheermobility.co.za Address: Unit 6, 14 Esso Road, Montague Gardens, 744

Prima Care: specializes in providing a wide variety of products and services for persons with disabilities in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and throughout South Africa! They are a Home care, Hospital & Medical Equipment Provider and have Health Care Consultants with many years of experience and extensive Knowledge to assess your needs and help you choose the products best suited for you. “We pride ourselves in supplying high quality products from trusted and well known German and Other suppliers. These products include a variety of Pediatric Equipment, Adjustable, Hospital & Home Care Beds, Mobility Scooters, Oxygen Concentrators, Alternating Pressure Mattresses, Anti-Bedsore Mattresses, Ripple Mattress, Walkers, Rollators, Mobility Aids, Wheelchairs, Wheelchair Cushions, Wheelchair Ramps, Power Wheelchairs, Rise Recliners, Grab Rails, Bed Rails, Shower Aids, Commodes, Toilet Aids and Much More. Our locations are staffed with certified fitters who offer private services in our stores or in the convenience of your own home. We also supply speedy delivery of our products and good After Sales Service, with trained technicians and a vast range of spare parts available to ensure that our products exceed their life span. Prima Care also rent out a variety of products to those clients that may only need the product for a limited period of time, therefore accommodating our clients’ needs to ensure their funds are maximized to their full potential. Please feel free to contact a Prima Care professional to assist, you can contact us on: +27 (021) 555 1596, via email: info@primacare.co.za or visit our web site at: www.primacare.co.za to see our extensive catalog of products which we deliver country wide to your door!

Simplify Wheelchair Seating: specializes in providing a wide variety of products and services for persons with Mobility Impairments in Cape Town. Simplify Wheelchair Seating is owned and run by Antoinette Pienaar who has been in the wheelchairSimplify Wheelchair Seating business for the last 8 years. “I believe in providing an honest and reliable service to our clients and their families in the comfort of their own homes, we will visit you in your home to access what you require and will provide you with the best products to suit your needs at very competitive prices, giving you peace of mind and ensuring that your life is as comfortable as possible. We supply and Service a variety of products including Mobility aids, Transfer aids, Pressure care products and Bathroom Aids. We also stock spares for these products and specialize in providing seating and positioning to make sure that you correctly positioned in your wheelchair. Please feel free to contact us for a quote or assessment, you can contact me on my cell: 084 866 5763 or landline : 021 981 0569 or contact me via my website at: www.simplifywheelchairseating.co.za or on my facebook or via email: simplify.wheelchair.seating@gmail.com

“Wheelchairs on the Run” was established in 2002 and has grown into a company that is not too big to care and not too small to make a difference. At Wheelchairs on the Run our customers are offered a variety of products and services at competitive prices, these products include both, Manual and Motorized Wheelchairs, Mobility Scooters and a wide variety of other Assistive Devices such as Backrests, Walkers, Bath Lifts, Oxygen Concentrators and many more. We also buy and sell 2nd hand wheelchairs and offer a variety of services including Wheelchair Hire and Repairs on Manual or Motorized Wheelchairs as well as Mobility Scooters. We at WHEELCHAIRS ON THE RUN also provide a variety of guides to help you through determining which functions will best complement your lifestyle whether this is your first Wheelchair or you've had a few that haven't worked out. We do this in conjunction with our occupational therapist on call. “Wheelchairs on the Run” are based in Roodepoort, but also have branches in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Please feel free to visit their shop at: 281 Ontdekkers Road, Carenvale, Roodepoort, 1724 or contact them in the office at: Tel: 011 955 7007 or on their Cell: 083 7392074. Alternatively you can email: sally@wheelchairsontherun.co.za or visit their Website: www.wheelchairs-ontherun.co.za

Pro Mobility: are Authorised Agents for Autochair and Ardoo Products in South Africa, Pro Mobility provides leading-edge services and solutions to those with mobility and agility impairments or limitations. With first class service and support, we cater individually to each of our clients to find the best accessible solutions according to their mobility needs. They sell and rent out a wide variety of "Hoists, Lifts, Ramps & Transferring Aids" as well as other Assistive Devices such as Bathroom Aids, Mobility Aids and Pressure Care Products. They can also install, service & repair many of the products that they supply. Pro Mobility has their main branch in Durban, but have branches in Johannesburg & Cape Town. You can contact them on: Cell: +27 (0) 83 775 0611 or via Email on: clinton@pro-mobility.co.za or via their web site: www.pro-mobility.co.za Durban Address: PO Box 2123, Westville, Kwa-Zulu Natal, 3630, South Africa.

Ability Assist: stock and sell a wide variety of these different types of Eating, Drinking and CookingAbility Assist Accessories, as well as other types of assistive devices and accessories, including Presssure Care, Mobility & Transfer Aids. These products can be purchased online at: www.abilityassist.co.za , or from their offices in Boksburg in Gauteng at: Unit 7, Lincoln Business Park, Cnr Malcolm Moodie Crescent & George Palmer Street, Jet Park, Boksburg, 1459. Please contact them before visiting them,  Ability Assist can be contacted on: (011) 894 5667, or  email them at: info@abilityassist.co.za

CE Mobility: supply a wide range of Services and Assistive Devices for persons with Mobility Impairments, which include Manual and Motorized Wheelchairs and other Mobility Aids. CE Mobility was established more than 65 years ago and during that time they have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience about wheelchairs, seating and everything that goes hand in hand with it. CE Mobility

“We are proud to be the largest wheelchair manufacturer and distributor in South Africa. We were the first company in SA to employ Occupational Therapists and the first to invest in Pressure Mapping technology. Leading the way is what we have always done and continue to do.” CE Mobility supply products throughout South Africa and have branches in Roodepoort, Rivonia, Pretoria East, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and George. You can visit their website: www.cemobility.co.za to contact a branch in your area or contact them at their Johannesburg branch at: Tel: 010 593-2903 or email: candice@cemobility.co.za

Mobility Aids: specializes in providing a good quality service and a wide variety of products and services for persons with disabilities in Gauteng and South Africa. Mobility Aids have been serving persons with disabilities since 1995 and carry a wide range of products including Hospital Beds, Mobility Scooters, Pressure Care Mattresses, Walkers, Rollators,Mobility Aids Wheelchairs, Cushions, Ramps, Power Wheelchairs, Bathroom Aids, Eating and Dressing Accessories and much more. "We offer a good After Sales Service, and can service and repair your Assistive Devices, we also rent out a variety of products including Hospital Beds, Walkers, Crutches, Commodes, Wheelchairs and More. Please feel free to contact us should you have any queries or are interested in a particular product. Mobility Aids is based in Benoni, at 7 Kei Road, Farrarmere, you can contact us on: 011 849 2810 or 011 425 1095 or email us on: info@mobilityaids.co.za. Alternatively you can visit our web site to view our products at: www.mobilityaids.co.za"

Clinical Emergencies: Your one stop Home Care Specialist Shop specialises in providing a variety of products and services for persons with disabilities in Gauteng and throughout South Africa. We offer  provide a wide range of products including hospital beds, mobility scooters, pressure care mattresses and cushions, walking aids, manual and motorized wheelchairs, ramps, bathroom aids, dressing, eating, cooking assistive devices and so much more. We offer home consultations in much of Gauteng and can deliver in Gauteng and courier nationwide. We offer a good after sales service, and can provide repairs to many brands of wheelchairs, walkers and various medical equipment. Our same day service is subject to spares availability with courtesy units available.Clinical Emergencies

We also offer daily, weekly, monthly and long-term rentals of a wide variety of equipment including walking aids, commodes, crutches, knee walkers, hospital beds, oxygen therapy equipment, bed cradles, drip stands, overbed pole hoists (monkey pole and chain), overbed tables and wheelchairs including lightweight and wheelchairs with elevating footrests.

We are registered with the Board of Healthcare Funders and most of our products are reimbursable by medical aid schemes and we are happy to assist by dealing directly with your scheme regarding benefit queries and claims.

Contact details: Tel:  011 443-9093/99/81/82, E-mail: clinical@icon.co.za, Website: www.clinicalemergencies.co.za, or visit us at 137a Johannesburg Road, cnr Weinberg Street, Lyndhurst.

QASA: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is a non-profit organisation (NPO 000-881) of Quadriplegics and Paraplegics living in South Africa. QASA’s mission is to be an effective “co-ordinating, policy-making and supporting organisation striving to prevent spinal cord injury and to improve the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics by securing resources to advocate, educate, capacitate, support and mobilise.”

QASA now has six regions and has provincial organizations within QASA, which are able to assist it's members in a particular province. The six Regional Associations which are affiliated to QASA are: Gauteng South, Gauteng North, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, North West and KwaZulu-Natal. The QASA Management Board is made up of representatives of each Regional Association.QuadPara Association of South Africa

QASA runs a number of Projects and Services which include: Providing Equipment Funds, Batteries & Equipment to rent such as Beach Wheelchairs, as well as Advocacy & lobbying; Conducting awareness campaigns on the cause and prevention of spinal cord injury; Publication and distribution of information on disability rights; Rural outreach; Developing social enterprises to sustain individuals and Regional Associations; Providing sport and hobby activities; driver training in adapted vehicles, Provision of transport, Provision of education bursaries and facilitating skills development through internships, Computer training, Consulting, Disability sensitizing and workshops.

QASA is sustained by strategic relationships with corporates, social enterprise, the National Lottery Commission and a number of campaigns & events. Some of QASA’s projects generate revenue which services the essential non-revenue generating projects. Read the article below to find out more about the Equipment Fund, or visit our Organizations - QASA Page. You can also contact them through their website at www.qasa.co.za.

Walking Aids

Walking Aids are Assistive Devices such as Canes, Crutches, Walkers, Gait Trainers and Rollaters. These Walking Aids are used by persons who have the ability to walk, but need assistance or stability. The person using them would need some strength in their arms and use of their hands to be able to grip the Walking Aid with.

Canes & Walking SticksBariatric Cane

The Cane or Walking Stick is the simplest form of Walking Aid. It is held in the hand and transmits loads to the floor through a shaft. The load which can be applied through a cane, is transmitted through the user's hands and wrists and limited by these. The Cane helps a person to maintain an upright position by providing & improving stability. By providing additional points of contact to the ground, the walking aid provides both additional support and a wider range of stable centre of gravity positioning. Walking Sticks or Canes come in a variety of different types and styles and can be made from different types of materials including wood, metal and some hard plastics. Some Canes or Walking Sticks can fold and some include 3 or 4 feet. Most Canes or Walking Sticks have a rubber cap at the bottom called a Ferrel, which prevents slipping. Various types of Canes or Walking Sticks are available in South Africa and are sold by companies such as Simplify Wheelchair Seating, Clinical Emergencies & Mobility Aids who stock a variety of Canes including:

Bariatric Canes: Are comfortable and durable Walking Aids that offer support and make walking easier. These heavy-duty Canes, (Pictured above right) have strong frames that are intended to help support persons up to 500 pounds to walk with ease. Bariatric Canes can be made from either metal or wood and are available in quad cane styles as well as traditional one tip styles to best suit you. Contact Simplify Wheelchair Seating or Mobility Aids to find out more or to receive a quote. Most of these companies can also service & repair the products that they sell, while some companies can also rent out some of these Cane's or Walking Sticks.

The Tripod Walking Stick: has a weight of 1kg, an aluminium frame and a Soft handle, which can rotate 180º for right handQuadruped Walking Stick use. The Stick has a swan neck for better balance and is height adjustable: (85cm – 105cm). The leg sections are powder coated steel to stand wear and tear and it has a weight capacity of 120 kg. Contact Mobility Aids to find out more or to receive a quote, they also sell Quadruped Walking sticks.

Quad Canes & Quadruped Walking Sticks: (Pictured on the right) are designed for extra support and feature a unique four-point design which allows for greater weight-bearing and stability than a single-point cane or Walking Stick. They have an aluminium frame and a Soft handle, with non-slip Rubber Ferrules for stability. These Canes and Walking Sticks are available in South Africa and are sold by companies such as Simplify Wheelchair Seating, Clinical Emergencies and Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Companies such as Mobility Aids, Clinical Emergencies & Simplify Wheelchair Seating can also service & repair the products that they sell, while some companies such as Mobility Aids & Clinical Emergencies can also rent out some of these Cane's or Walking Sticks, contact them to find out more or visit our Equipment For Hire page to find out more.

Canes are also used as Mobility Aids by Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired, they are used to improve their mobility and to scan their surroundings for obstacles or orientation marks. These are known as White Canes, they are thin and usually white and are often made from aluminium, graphite-reinforced plastic or other fibre-reinforced plastic, and can come with a wide variety of tips depending upon user preference. Visit the White Canes link, to find out more.

There are various different types of accessories for these types of Walking Sticks & Canes, this includes products such as Walking Stick Clips, visit our link: Accessories page - Walking Stick Clips to find out more.

Crutches

A Crutch or Crutches also transmits loads to the ground through a shaft, but has contact with the arm, at the hand and either below the elbow or below the armpit. This allows significantly greater loads to be exerted through a Crutch in comparison with a Cane. Crutches can be made from wood or metal and are available in a variety of different styles in South Africa, including the Gutter Crutches, Underarm or Axillary Crutches and the Forearm Crutches:Gutter Crutches

Gutter Crutches also known as Trough Crutches: (Pictured on the right) have been specifically designed for those suffering with arthritis, with limited grip or painful hands. A padded forearm platform helps to support and distribute the body weight more evenly, over a larger support area. These lightweight forearm platform crutches have a robust trough for additional support and comfort and include an Easy Velcro forearm strap fastening to secure the crutch, as well as Easy Height Adjustment, so that the Platform position can adjusted to suit the user. They have a maximum user weight of 114 Kg’s and non-slip Rubber Ferrules for stability. These Crutches are available in South Africa and are sold by companies such as Simplify Wheelchair Seating & Clinical Emergencies, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Underarm or Axillary Crutches: are used by placing the pad against the rib-cage beneath the armpit and holding the grip, which is below and parallel to the pad. They are usually used to provide support for patients who have temporary restriction on ambulation. With underarm crutches, a towel or some kind or soft cover is needed to prevent or reduce armpit injury. These crutches are available throughout South Africa and are sold by companies such as Simplify Wheelchair Seating, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Forearm Crutches: (Pictured on the right) give the user the support of the Cane but with additional forearm support to assist inCrutches mobility. The forearm portion helps increase balance, lateral stability and also reduces the load on the wrist. A single Crutch or 2 Crutches can be used, depending on your needs. These and other types of crutches are available throughout South Africa and are sold by companies such as Ability Assist, CE Mobility & Simplify Wheelchair Seating, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Most of these companies can also service & repair the products that they sell, while some companies such as Mobility Aids & Clinical Emergencies can also rent out various types of Crutches. Contact them to find out about their packages and prices or visit our Equipment For Hire page to find out more.

There are various different types of accessories for these types of Crutches, this includes products such as the Crutch Pod, visit our Accessories page - Crutch Pod to find out more.

Walkers & Rollaters

A Walker is the most stable Walking Aid and consists of a freestanding metal framework with three or more points of contact which the user places in front of them and then grips during movement. The points of contact may be either fixed rubber ferrules as with Crutches and Canes, or wheels, or a combination of both. Wheeled Walkers are also known as Rollators, these Rollators may include three or four wheels and some may include a breaking system, they are available throughout South Africa and are sold by companies such as Prima CareSheer Mobility, Ability Assist, Wheelchairs on the Run, CE Mobility, Mobility Aids, Clinical Emergencies & Simplify Wheelchair Seating. They include products such as:

4 Legged Walkers

4 Legged Walkers are available in a variety of different makes including the "Pulpit Walker", "Two Step Walker" and "Zimmer Frame Walker":

4 Legged Pulpit Walker: Is a lightweight, foldable, Aluminium Walker which provides a stable support for walking when more security is required than crutches. It's height is adjustable and it has a maximum user weight of 120kg. It is secure but easy toZimmer Frame Walker operate and has a clip that prevents it from accidental folding while in use. These 4 Legged Pulpit Walkers, (Pictured on the right) are available to buy from various companies in South Africa including Ability Assist, Wheelchairs on the Run, CE Mobility, Mobility Aids & Simplify Wheelchair Seating, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

The Invacare Two Step Walker: features two separate grip areas for more support when transitioning from sitting to standing. It is rated to carry 120kg and is available in South Africa and are sold by companies such as Prima Care, Mobility Aids & Clinical Emergencies, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

4 Legged Zimmer Frame Foldable Walker: The traditional Zimmer Frames are bulky and can be difficult to store and transport, but now Folding Zimmer Frames, (Pictured on the right) have been developed to help overcome these issues, you can now have the benefits of a Zimmer Frame with the convenience and portability all in one. The Zimmer Frame is durable, sturdy & lightweight, it has an Aluminium Frame and is height adjustable and can fold at the push of a button. These 4 Legged Zimmer Frame Walkers are available from various companies in South Africa including Prima Care, & Simplify Wheelchair Seating, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote. If you prefer to rent one of these Walkers, you can contact companies such as Prima Care, please contact them to find out more.

There are a variety of other types of 4 Legged Walkers which are available to buy in South Africa from various other companies such as Clinical Emergencies & Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote. If you prefer to rent one of these Walkers, you can contact companies such as Mobility Aids, Clinical Emergencies, Prima Care, please contact them to find out more about their packages and prices or visit our Equipment For Hire page to find out more.

2 Legged Walkers

2 Legged Walkers are available in different makes, which includes the Pulpit Walker and Zimmer Frame Walker. These 2 legged Walkers are very similar to the 4 Legged Walkers listed above accept the 2 Legged Walkers have front wheels which allow you to move the walker without lifting it, the solid feet at the rear prevent the walker from rolling once weight is applied to the walker.

2 Legged Pulpit Walkers: A Lightweight, foldable, aluminium pulpit walker, provides a stable support for walking when more security is required than crutches. They include a secure, easy to operate clip that prevents accidental folding while in use. The front wheels allow you to move the walker without lifting it, the solid feet at the rear prevent the walker from rolling once weight is applied to the walker. This Walker is Height adjustable: 79cm – 96cm, with a width of: 45cm (inside handles) and a maximum user weight of 120kg. The products are available from various companies in South Africa including Ability Assist, Wheelchairs on the Run & CE Mobility, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

2 Legged Zimmer Frame Foldable Walkers: This walker with wheels adds extra ease with the Zimmer Frame. It also conveniently folds away with a simple push of a button, making it easy for storage. These Walkers are available from various companies in South Africa including Prima Care, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.Walking Frame with 2 Front Casters

There are also variety of other types of Walking Frames with 2 Front Casters (pictured right), which are available to buy in South Africa from various other companies such as Clinical Emergencies, Simplify Wheelchair Seating, Sheer Mobility, Prima Care & Mobility Aids, these also include Heavy Duty Walkers, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Most of these companies that sell these products can also service & repair the products that they sell, if you prefer to rent one of these Walkers, you can contact companies such as Mobility Aids, Clinical Emergencies & Prima Care, please contact them to find out about their packages and prices or visit our Equipment For Hire page to find out more.

There are also various different types of Accessories for these types of Walkers, this includes products such as the Walker Carry Bag and the Walker Net Bag, visit our Accessories Page - Accessories For Walkers to find out more.

Wheeled Walkers & Rollaters

When walking outside, you may require additional support from a Wheeled Walker, these Walkers come in three or four wheeled versions and are also known as Rollators, which may include a breaking system. There are a wide variety of different types of Walkers or Rollators, some are foldable and may include a basket to store your belongings, or a seat so that the user can rest if need be. Wheeled Walkers and Rollaters are also available throughout South Africa and include various different makes, with each offering their own set of advantages and benefits which include:

3 Wheeled Walkers & Rollaters

3 Wheeled Walkers & Rollaters are generally more compact and easier to manoeuvre than the 4 Wheeled Walkers and Rollaters, but still give the crucial support needed while walking. They can be folded up for convenient storage and include brakes and may also include a shopping basket and pouch, which is ideal for carrying light loads for shopping, as well as holding personal items, therefore leaving your hands free to use the Walker. These and other 3 Wheeled Walkers & Rollaters are available in various makes and models in South Africa and include products such as:

3 Wheel Walker: This 3 Wheel Walker (pictured right) has 3 heavy-duty wheels, a Steel foldable frame, which is compact and easy to3 Wheel Walker manoeuvre with the crucial support needed while walking. It has a weight of 7.5 kg and is Height adjustable. The standard model comes with Cable brakes, a convenient front shopping basket and a tray, it has a weight capacity of 95 kg. These 3 Wheel Walkers are available from various companies in South Africa including Clinical Emergencies, Prima Care, Wheelchairs on the Run, CE MobilityMobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

There are also various other types of 3 Wheeled Walkers & Rollaters which are available in South Africa, which can be purchased from companies such as Clinical Emergencies, Prima Care, Ability Assist, Wheelchairs on the Run, CE Mobility, Mobility Aids & Simplify Wheelchair Seating, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote. Most of these companies can also service & repair the products that they sell.

If you prefer to rent one of these Rollaters, you can contact companies such as Pro Mobility, Prima Care & Mobility Aids, contact them to find out more about their packages and prices or visit our Equipment For Hire page to find out more.

4 Wheeled Walkers & RollatersRollater

4 Wheeled Walkers & Rollaters are generally sturdier, but do come in compact versions that can be folded up for convenient storage and include brakes and may also include a shopping basket and pouch, which is ideal for carrying light loads for shopping, as well as holding personal items, therefore leaving your hands free to use the Walker. These Wheeled Walkers & Rollaters are available in South Africa and include products such as:

Rollator: (Pictured right) Has an Aluminium frame which Folds for easy storage and includes Loop/bicycle brakes with a hand brake locking mechanism, 8 inch castor wheels, seat with back support & basket, as well as height adjustable handles. These Walkers are available from various companies in South Africa including Sheer Mobility, Ability Assist, Prima Care, Wheelchairs on the Run, CE Mobility, Mobility Aids, Clinical Emergencies & Simplify Wheelchair Seating, please contact them to find out more or receive a quote.

The Invacare Rollite Rollator Tall: (Pictured right) features a lightweight, durable aluminium frame and convenient hand brakes. It has a flip-up seat and flexible backrest, which provides a place to sit down when needed. The Rollator conveniently folds for easyInvacare Rollite Rollator storage and transportation and has a handle height range from 88 to 99cm, it is rated to carry 136kg. These Walkers are available to buy from various companies in South Africa including Clinical Emergencies & Simplify Wheelchair Seating, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

There are also various other 4 Wheeled Walkers & Rollaters which are available to be purchased from companies around South Africa including Sheer Mobility, Ability Assist, Prima Care, Wheelchairs on the Run, CE Mobility, Mobility Aids, Clinical Emergencies & Simplify Wheelchair Seating, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Most of these companies can also service & repair the products that they sell, while companies such as Mobility Aids, Clinical Emergencies or Prima Care can also rent out a variety of these Walkers and Rollators. Contact them to find out about their packages and prices or visit our Equipment For Hire page to find out more.

Knee Walkers/ Knee Scooters

A Knee Walker or Knee Scooter 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 Knee Coaster, Knee Cruiser, Knee Caddy, Orthopaedic 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 supports the shin of the unusable limb. The opposite foot makes contact with the floor or ground, providing propulsion.

The objective of the Knee Scooter is to create a safe, comfortable, and easy-to-maneuver alternative to the traditional Crutch. Prior to its introduction, those experiencing foot surgery, bunionectomies, gout, below the knee amputations, diabetic ulcers and wounds, as well as foot sprains, or fractures had no choice but to limit activity during rehabilitation and to use either Crutches, a traditional Walker, a Wheelchair or have complete bed rest. The Knee Scooter does have limitations that may make it unsuitable for some patients, such as those with leg injuries above or near the knee. It cannot negotiate stairs, and is significantly heavier and more difficult to load into a vehicle than crutches.Knee Walker

There are various types of Knee Scooters which are available to be purchased from various companies around South Africa including the following products:

Knee Walker: This Knee walker (pictured right) can be steered for increased manoeuvrability. It is deal for persons recovering from foot surgery, breaks, sprains, amputation, and ulcers of the foot. The new foldable steering column allows for easy storage, it has a deluxe dual-braking system, the sturdy dual frame adds stability and durability while the Leg pad with "channel" provides added stability and comfort. The Tiller can be easily folded for storage and transportation and the Tool-free height adjustment of the seat and handle make it easy to fold, transport and store. The 8" casters are ideal for indoor/outdoor use and the silver vein finish is easy to maintain. The product weight is 8.8kg and the handle has a maximum height of 37.5" and a minimum handle height of 33". The overall product height is 33" with an overall product length of 32" and width of 17".
This product has a weight capacity of 136kg and is available in black and is made from Aluminium. It also has a Pad height of 17.5"-21.5"; Pad length of 14.25" and Pad of width of 7.25". These Knee Walkers are available from various companies in South Africa including Mobility Aids, Clinical Emergencies, please contact them to find out more or receive a quote.Wwalker Knee Scooter

The Knee Scooter: The Knee Scooter also known as The Knee Walker provides a comfortable and safe alternative to crutches, it is also suitable for people recovering from any foot related a injuries and/or conditions. It has large 20 cm wheels to roll easy over uneven terrain and can easily be manoeuvred in tight spaces. It features tool-free adjustments, a brake for added safety and also a comfortable padded knee rest. The Leg pad with channel provides stability and comfort, it has sturdy dual frame with a Tiller that can be easily folded and Tool-free height adjustment. The Dual hand brakes are included for added safety, it has a weight capacity of 135kg, a width of 43cm; minimum height of 84cm and a maximum height of 97cm. The depth is 78cm and it has a Pad width of 18cm; Pad depth of 36cm; Pad height of 48 – 56cm and a Weight unit of 10kg's. These Knee Walkers are available from various companies in South Africa including Prima Care & Wheelchairs on the Run, please contact them to find out more or receive a quote.

Various other companies such as Ability Assist, Sitwell & Simplify Wheelchair Seating can supply various other types of Knee Scooters, contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

As knee scooters are often used while the user recovers after surgery, they are often rented for a short period of time, usually about 4 weeks. While a Medicare E0118 code may have been present in the past for dealers to provide this to patients/beneficiaries, as changes are made to funding, many dealers have the option of renting these products directly for the short use period. Often due to the complexities and costs, many also choose from purchasing this product as a form of cost saving options. If you prefer to rent a Heavy Duty Scooter, you can also contact companies such as Prima Care, Mobility Aids & Pro Mobility to find out more, or visit our Equipment To Hire Page - Scooters to find out what is available in South Africa.

Walkers & Gait Trainers

Walking is a complex function, there is a growing consensus that a well-positioned pelvis in combination with dynamic movement is critical to successful gait training. Often parents of children with disabilities or adults who have incurred serious injuries – seek out walkers to enable better mobility and walking practice. While walkers have their place in rehabilitation, these very basic support devices offer very little when compared to gait trainers. There are various specialised Walkers & Gait Trainers, as well as other equipment that can assist you to achieve this proper positioning and provides the dynamic weight-bearing and weight-shifting needed for a moreOrmesa Dynamico Walker natural gait pattern and easier stepping. These various Walkers & Gait Trainers are available in South Africa and include products such as:

Ormesa Dynamico Walker: The Ormesa Dynamico is a heavy-duty gait trainer / walker for children and adults with special needs. The Dynamico Gait Trainer (pictured right) is available in 5 Indoor sizes and 4 Outdoor sizes. The Indoor Dynamico Gait Trainer comes with four smaller swivel wheels for easy manoeuvrability in school, home, and therapy clinics. The Outdoor Dynamico Gait Trainer comes with large, flat-resistant tires and larger swivel front wheels, plus handbrakes for increased control over rougher, outdoor terrain. The smallest Dynamico Gait Trainer / Walker will accommodate a child with special needs up to 40 kg while the largest size can hold up to 100 kg. These Walkers/Gait Trainers are available from various companies in South Africa including Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Rifton Dynamic Gait Trainer: Walking is a complex function, specialised gait trainers, like the Rifton Dynamic Pacer (pictured right), helps achieve this proper positioning and provides the dynamic weight bearing and weight shifting needed for a more natural gait pattern and easier stepping. The Dynamic Pacer is a system comprising of an upper frame with a choice of bases, toRifton Dynamic Gait Trainer accommodate users with a broad range of abilities, in a variety of settings. Rifton Pacers encourages progress, so nothing stands between the user and the places they want to go. These Gait Trainers are available from various companies in South Africa including Sitwell, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

There are also various other Gait Trainers & Walking Aids which are covered in our "Sports, Exercise & Rehabilitation Equipment - Standing & Walking Equipment" Page, as well as Walkers & Gait Trainers that are specifically designed for children, which is included on our "Pediatric Equipment - Walkers & Rollaters" Page & briefly below.

Pediatric Walkers, Gait Trainers & Rollaters

Pediatric Walkers, Gait Trainers & Rollaters are another available subset of Walkers & Rollaters. Some Assistive Devices have been designed to be used by both adults and children, but there are some equipment including Pediatric Walkers, Rollaters & Gait Trainers, which have been designed specifically to assist children with Mobility Impairments to enjoy a better quality of life. There are also a wide variety of other Pediatric Equipment which have been specially designed and manufactured to assist children, and adolescents with Posture Support, Mobility, Positioning and much, much more. This equipment includes: Adjustable Beds, Mattresses, Strollers, Manual and Motorized Wheelchairs, Buggies, Hoists, Slings, Shower and Bath Chairs, Bath Lifts and many other recreational items such as Dancing Wheelchairs, Computer Aids and Tricycles. Due to the wide variety of different types of these products that are available throughout South Africa, we have allocated a specific page to deal with these products and the companies that provide them in South Africa, such as Prima Care, Mobility Aids, Sitwell Technologies & Simplify Wheelchair Seating. Some of these companies can advise you on which products would best suite your child and also assist with Seating and Positioning and the service and repairs of the equipment that they sell. Click on the link below, or the "Pediatric Equipment " button on the left menu to find out about the wide variety of these different types of Pediatric Equipment that are available for children with Mobility Impairments in South Africa, as well as the companies that sell them.

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Prosthesis/Prosthetic

Prosthesis or Prosthetic is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part, which may have been lost through trauma, disease, or congenital conditions. Prosthetic amputee rehabilitation is primarily coordinated by a prosthetist and an inter-disciplinary team of Health Care professionals including psychiatrists, surgeons, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.

A person's prosthesis should be designed and assembled according to the patient's appearance and functional needs. For instance, a patient may need a transradial prosthesis, but need to choose between an aesthetic functional device, a myoelectric device, a body-powered device, or an activity specific device. The patient's future goals and economical capabilities may help them choose between one or more devices.

Limb Prosthesisarm prosthesis

Limb prostheses include both upper- and lower-extremity prostheses.

Upper-extremity prostheses are used at varying levels of amputation: forequarter, shoulder disarticulation, transhumeral prosthesis, elbow disarticulation, transradial prosthesis, wrist disarticulation, full hand, partial hand, finger, partial finger.

A transradial prosthesis is an artificial limb that replaces an arm missing below the elbow. Two main types of prosthetics are available. Cable operated limbs work by attaching a harness and cable around the opposite shoulder of the damaged arm. The other form of prosthetics available are myoelectric arms. These work by sensing, via electrodes, when the muscles in the upper arm move, causing an artificial hand to open or close. In the prosthetic industry a trans-radial prosthetic arm is often referred to as a "BE" or below elbow prosthesis.

Lower-extremity prostheses provide replacements at varying levels of amputation. These include hip disarticulation, transfemoral prosthesis, knee disarticulation, transtibial prosthesis, Syme's amputation, foot, partial foot, and toe. The two main subcategories of lower extremity prosthetic devices are trans-tibial (any amputation transecting the tibia bone or a congenital anomaly resulting in a tibial deficiency) and trans-femoral (any amputation transecting the femur bone or a congenital anomaly resulting in a femoral deficiency).types of leg prosthesis

A transfemoral prosthesis is an artificial limb that replaces a leg missing above the knee. Transfemoral amputees can have a very difficult time regaining normal movement. In general, a transfemoral amputee must use approximately 80% more energy to walk than a person with two whole legs. This is due to the complexities in movement associated with the knee. In newer and more improved designs, hydraulics, carbon fiber, mechanical linkages, motors, computer microprocessors, and innovative combinations of these technologies are employed to give more control to the user. In the prosthetic industry a trans-femoral prosthetic leg is often referred to as an "AK" or above the knee prosthesis.

A transtibial prosthesis is an artificial limb that replaces a leg missing below the knee. A transtibial amputee is usually able to regain normal movement more readily than someone with a transfemoral amputation, due in large part to retaining the knee, which allows for easier movement. Lower extremity prosthetics describes artificially replaced limbs located at the hip level or lower. In the prosthetic industry a trans-tibial prosthetic leg is often referred to as a "BK" or below the knee prosthesis.

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Positioning, Fitment & Set-Up

The correct Positioning, Fitment & Set-Up is very important for persons using Walking Aids such as Walking Sticks, Crutches, Walkers, Rollaters, Gait Trainers & also a Prosthesis. Everyone is different and these Posture - Walking AidsWalking Aids vary in design & style. It is important to purchase this type of equipment from a specialist, that not only offers a good after sales service and can repair and supply parts for the product if need be, but can also advise you on what product would suit you and set it up, to offer the best possible support for you. 

No matter what type of Walking Aid you are using, it is important to set them up at the correct height, so as to not cause bad posture and other back problems. Companies such as Sitwell, Mobility Aids & Simplify Wheelchair Seating can not only advise you on what Walking Aids would suit your particular needs, but can also set them up and adjust them, so that they offer the best possible benefits. Click on the link below, or the "Seating & Positioning" button on the left menu to visit our "Seating & Positioning" Page and find out more about these Products and Services that are available in South Africa and the companies that supply and provide them.

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Equipment Fund

There are various organizations in South Africa, such as The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) who have a Wheelchair/Equipment Fund and provide Wheelchairs, Seating, Assistive Devices andQuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) Mobility Aids for persons with Mobility Impairments. Members who apply, are assessed and are awarded Assistive Devices to suit their mobility need, therefor ensuring that members are as mobile and functional as possible. QASA also provides peer support as part of their empowerment responsibilities, as well as batteries for Quadriplegics using Motorized Wheelchairs and also various publications.

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Spares & Accessories

Some of the Walking Aids mentioned on this page, are imported from countries overseas, while some of this equipment is manufactured in South Africa. Some of these Walking Aids may require servicing and maintenance which should be done by a specialist. From time to time, parts for this equipment may need replacing, it is therefor very important to purchase your Mobility Aids & equipment from reputable dealers, such as those companies listed on this website, which not only sell good reliable products, but also supply a good after sales service, which also includes supplying and stocking the spare parts such as Tires, Tubes, Ferrules, etc. Many of the companies listed on this web site, not only supply the equipment listed but also specialize in repairing, setting up and fitting the products they supply, so that the Walking Aid is custom fitted to suite your needs. Before purchasing a product, please check that the company you purchase it from, offers a good after sales service, contact any of the following companies on these links below to see what products they can supply, service and repair: Prima CareSheer Mobility, Pro Mobility, Ability Assist, Wheelchairs on the RunCE MobilityMobility Aids, Clinical Emergencies, Sitwell & Simplify Wheelchair Seating.

Some of the companies listed above, such as Ability Assist also supply a variety of Accessories to benefit the person using the Walking Aid. These Accessories which are available in South Africa, include items such as:

Visit our Accessories Page to find out more about these & other products available in South Africa or contact Ability Assist to get a quote on the products listed directly above. Please feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions about the products and Services listed on this page and we will point you in the right direction.

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