How to Figure Weight Restrictions on a Walking Cane

Along with the dimensions, you should also know about a cane’s weight restrictions. People usually assume all walking canes to be very strong. However, this isn’t the case. For instance, a decorative cane will not be as resilient as the Irish shillelagh. A cane’s weight restrictions should be a part of your decision-making since some canes are just not meant to support more than the average range of body weight. Again, averages can vary a lot. Many times, cane-makers don't follow international protocols related to a cane’s weight-bearing capacity. Even when gifting a cane, you need to be careful about the cane’s intended usage and the kind of person who would be using it. Canes for men are usually much heavier than fashion canes for women. Canes made from carbon fiber or anodized aluminum might seem light but they can match hardwood canes in terms of strength and weight-bearing capacity! Here, we provide you an easier way of decoding walking cane weight restrictions to ensure you make a sensible, truly value-for-money purchase.

Walking canes are a wonderful way to help you get around. To make sure you get the most out of your walking cane it is important to know just what to look for when purchasing a new walking cane. You will be leaning on your cane with nearly your full weight, so finding the right cane to support your weight is imperative.

Following is a simple way to understand

SM (small) 60-140 pounds
MED (medium) 140-180 pounds
LRG (large) 180-220 pounds
XLRG (extra large) 220 – 300
XXLRG (extra strong) 300 - 500 Heavy Duty Styles

These are the suggested walking cane weight restrictions. If you have any questions ask your doctor or therapist for more information.  We only use this information as a guide and it is by no means the medical response you may receive from your therapist.  There are many factors involved we are unable to assist you with.

 

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