Walking canes are used for various reasons. You may use or know someone who may need to use a walking cane to assist in balance, widen the base of support, and actually decrease weight bearing on a lower extremity. Knowing how to properly use a walking cane will better aid in these functions.
Following are the appropriate ways to walk with a walking cane:
-Hold the cane in the hand on your unaffected side so that it provides support to the opposite lower limb
-Advance the cane simultaneously with the opposite affected lower limb
-Lean your weight through the arm holding the cane as needed
-Always have the unaffected lower limb assume the first full weight-bearing step on level surfaces
For whatever reasons you are using a walking cane always be sure to check your cane regularly for any damaged, missing or loose parts. Keeping your walking cane in good condition will ensure that you have a safe trip when you are out using it.
How To Shorten A Walking Cane
If you buy a cane that is too tall for you it can easily be shortened, keeping in mind that canes cannot be lengthened to be sure to measure and cut carefully.
Walking Cane Weight Restrictions
You will be leaning on your cane with nearly your full weight, so finding the right cane to support your weight is imperative.
Walking With A Cane
Knowing how to properly use a walking cane will better aid in these functions.