It is not as straightforward a task as it might sound. From finding the right type of cane to ensuring you have the proper cane height, there are multiple factors to consider. What’s more, once you find the right one, it’s important that it is used correctly in order to ensure safe walking.
A trip to the neighborhood drugstore will often show an array of canes, crutches, and walkers of various materials, shapes, and sizes. The simplest device is a cane, popular because of its maneuverability, ease of use, and social acceptance. Unfortunately, a cane is often purchased without professional advice, leading to inefficient and unsafe use.
Physical Therapists can help optimize their patients’ use of canes by asking 3 simple questions:
1. Is the cane being used for balance or is weight bearing required?
2. Is the cane the right length?
3. Is the cane being used correctly?
See how Physical Therapist Doug Brady explains how tochoose the right cane for you.