As the number of seniors relying on mobility devices increases, many are left wondering how best to use the device or devices they have. Even walking cane users needs to follow via a certain method to ensure its benefit. Using a walking cane incorrectly can exacerbate old aches and pains, or even create new ones.
So, how do you use a walking cane?
Size Matters: It’s very important make sure your cane is the appropriate size based on your height. Typically, a cane should be roughly half of your height in inches, rounded up to the nearest inch. Sometimes an extra half an inch, to an inch, is necessary for comfort. For most, standing straight up with your arm hanging loose, the handle of your cane should be just about level with your wrist. But if you still don’t feel sure about this, consult with your doctor or physical therapist.
All About that Base: There is little variety in the base of a walking cane, but what type you pick can be important depending on your needs. The two most common types of cane have either a single tip, or a quad tip. Choosing between the two is generally a matter of preference, however most do just fine with a single tip cane. A quad tip cane can be a bit cumbersome, but they are best suited for those who run a greater risk of falling down and require extra support when walking. If this doesn’t apply to you, then a single tip cane is likely preferable. In addition, the tip of your cane is like the tread of a tire or a sneaker, and once it has worn down it becomes less efficient. Be sure to replace the tip of your cane as necessary.
Taking It in Stride: For some, walking with a cane can feel a complicated as walking and chewing bubble gum. When do you put your cane forward? When do you lean on the cane? On what side should you carry your cane? The truth is that it’s not as confusing as it may seem. Your cane should be held opposite the side with pain or discomfort. When you step forward, move the cane in unison with your affected leg so that the cane acts as a support as you walk. It may seem counterintuitive, but the more you use it, the more natural it will come to feel.
One Step at a Time: Using the stairs can be daunting for those relying on a cane for their mobility, and rightly so. People should take a fair amount of caution while going up or down the stairs with a cane. First of all, and when it’s possible, always use the railing. When going up the stairs, first step up with your stronger leg. Then, use your cane to step up with your affected leg. Going down the stairs is a little different, as you should lead with your cane on the step first. Then, you should follow with your affected leg so that your stronger leg can bear its weight. Remember to walk at your own pace.
Reach for the Stars: Canes can be an essential part of addressing your mobility concerns, but does your cane go above and beyond your expectations? You deserve a cane that does more for you than simply getting from Point A to Point B.
Consider the Handy Cane as it is a lightweight walking cane with a concealed grasper tool. The functionality of this product enables you to grab objects from high places, and lift even the slightest objects from the ground. If a cane helps alleviate back or knee pain, why undo that benefit by bending down or straining to reach up? The Handy Cane goes a step beyond your normal walking stick. The Handy Cane’s state of the art grasper is versatile enough to lift larger items like bottles, books, or jars, or evasive objects such as coins, keys, or papers.