I recently had hip surgery and one of the suggested assistive devices for my recovery was a medical walker. But at 6’7″ tall, my first thought was that I wouldn’t be able to find a decent medical walker for tall people. Out of curiosity, I tried out my grandmother’s walker. Hunching over that thing would have left me needing a second surgery, this time for my back! And the medical walkers I found at my local mobility shop were just as bad. So I started scouring the web for extra tall walkers for tall people.
What I found was quite impressive. It turns out that Drive Medical sells some extensions for their standard walkers that adds some precious 4″ of height! This increases the maximum handle height to 43″ tall.
Their recommendation for fit is that, when using the walker, your elbows should be bent around 20 to 30 degrees. So to test whether their extra tall walker would work for me, I stacked up some books on my kitchen counter to 43″ high. With my hands resting on the books, my elbows were between 20 and 30 degrees. So the extra tall extended walker should be fine for me.
As it turned out, I decided to just use extra long crutches for my recovery, and didn’t end up getting the walker. But I thought I would put up the tip here on Tall.Life in case anyone else is in a similar predicament!
If you happen to come across any other extra tall walkers for tall people, please tell in the comments below, thanks!