People use canes for several different reasons. Some people use them temporarily after a minor injury and some people use them permanently. We tend to associate canes with the elderly, but they are used by people of all ages. Anyone who needs extra support while walking can benefit from the use of a cane, regardless of their age. Canes are available in many sizes and styles to meet every need. For example, a taller individual would need a long cane and a heavier person would need a heavy duty cane. Someone who has balance issues would benefit from a quad cane. Whatever your particular support need, there is a cane available to meet it.
There are some signs that will let you know when you should start considering the use of a cane. When you begin to have problems keeping your balance or bearing your weight, it is a good time to consider getting a cane. If you are compensating in inappropriate or harmful ways such as holding on to furniture or walls, that is another sure sign that it is time. Improper posture to compensate for one-sided weakness can cause back or hip pain due to poor body alignment. A cane can help to relieve these problems. You won’t have to sacrifice your keen sense of style to use a cane. They are available in so many styles that you are sure to find one that compliments you. Whether you like the classic and graceful look of wood or the elegant look of fabric, you can find a cane that suits you well. They are available in every color that you can imagine and they have countless patterns available as well.
Using a cane is not that difficult. It will come naturally, for the most part, but there are some basic guidelines that will make it easier for you. If you have one leg that is weaker than the other or is injured, you should hold your cane with the hand opposite of that leg. This will allow you take more weight off the weaker leg. If you are using the cane for balance only, then you can hold it in whichever hand that feels the most comfortable. When using a cane to climb stairs, the rule is "up with the good, down with the bad". So, in climbing the stairs step first with the cane and the good foot and follow with the weaker side. When going down the stairs, step first with the bad foot and follow with the cane and the good foot. Additionally, keep your free hand on the railing.
We all need extra support at one time or another in our lives. A cane may be the perfect accessory to provide that support for you. It will allow you to keep your independence at the same time. When purchasing a cane, make sure that it suits you well. Find one that appeals to sense of style as well as one that fits properly. If you are tall, you will want to get a long cane. If you are short, you may need the cane to be cut to size. These are important details because they will ensure your overall comfort when using the cane. After all, the reason for using the cane is to help you to be more stable, balanced and comfortable. You’ll be amazed at how well a cane does the job!
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