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After Hip Replacement: Using Your Walker

After hip replacement, you’ll likely use a walker to get around while you recover. There are several types of walkers.

  • The standard non-rolling walker

  • Non-rolling walker

  • The 2-wheeled (front) rolling walker

  • The 4-wheeled rolling walker

Your physical therapist (PT) or occupational therapist (OT) will teach you how to use a walker safely and help you select the best one for you. Later, you may move from a walker to crutches or a cane.

Woman walking with walker.

Using a walker

  • Move the walker a few inches in front of you.

  • Lean on the walker so it supports you. Step into the center with your operated leg. Then step forward with your good leg. Repeat.

  • As you get more comfortable, you’ll be able to move the walker as you step.

Walking up a curb

  • Move your feet and your walker as close to the curb as possible.

  • Put your weight on both legs, and then lift the walker onto the curb.

  • Step on the curb with your good leg. Using the walker to support your weight, bring up your operated leg.

Walking down a curb

Man going down step with walker.

  • Move your feet and the walker as close to the curb as possible.

  • Lower the walker onto the ground, keeping its back legs against the curb.

  • Using the walker to support your weight, lower your operated leg. Then step down with your good leg.  

Online Medical Reviewer: Adler, Liora, C., MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT
Date Last Reviewed: 4/1/2018
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