Luckily, the variety of cane handles has improved since the days of the shepherd’s staff. Now there are several different types with their own advantages. The basis of how to choose a cane handle depends largely on what your needs are.
You should talk to your health care provider first of all, to know exactly how to choose a cane handle that is best for your condition. If you have arthritis in your hand or it is simply weak, you will want something like a straight-handled cane, or a T-handle. Knob handles and fancily shaped cane handles such as animal shapes will not give you the proper support if you need a weight bearing cane.
Here are the types of therapeutic canes that are on the market today. These distinctions will help you decide how to choose a cane handle.
· The Devon handle provides a broad weight-bearing surface with one raised end to prevent the hand from slipping.
· The Derby handle has contours and indentations to allow a firmer grip.
· The York handle has a unique design to keep the hand centred on the grip, and raised ends to prevent hand slippage.
· The Offset handle is simple and easy on the wrist, provides additional balance, but does require a reasonably firm grip.
· The Orthopedic (or Anatomically Correct) handle is designed to fit the natural contour of the hand.
· The Handicane handle provides a weight-bearing surface and conforms to the palm of the hand. This was my personal choice when I shattered my knee a number of years ago.
· The SelectaGrip handle has variable positions for comfort.
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