Canes are the most common mobility aid. Whether prescribed by a physician or therapist or purchased independently for more security, canes are everywhere. Unfortunately that $15 cane from the drug store can cause more problems than it solves. From the wrong height to the wrong grip, it can cause further pain or make walking even harder. What are some things to consider when purchasing a cane?
Height: The proper cane height is important for safety and utility. A therapist can measure for the proper size or if you would like to measure at home, it is an easy process. Wear your normal walking shoes and stand as straight as possible with your arms falling naturally at your sides. Measure to the crook or crease in your wrist. This is the proper height for your cane.
This measurement will usually be within one inch of half the users height. So if someone is 5'7" (67 inches). Divide this number by one half (33.5 inches for our example). Add one half inch to this measurement (now we are up to 34 inches). This is the estimated size of the cane for this person.
Many of the canes we sell at Ease Living are adjustable or can be cut to the proper height.
Handle: The shape of the cane's handle can have an effect on how comfortable it is to use. Many like the standard round or crook handle for its simplicity but it can be hard to use if joint pain is an issue as it provides little support. If this applies to you, a derby or fritz handle may be better suited as these provide a more comfortable gripping surface and more evenly distribute weight over the cane.
Style: The design of the cane can mean the difference between the cane you carry with you at all times and the one you leave in the closet. If a cane makes you feel old or disabled using it will make you unhappy. Chose a cane that compliments your personal style. You may even want different canes for different occasions! Just like clothing, your cane reflects your personality.
Check out our curated selection of canes at Ease Living. From classic to modern, and even a cane that has won design awards and was featured at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (take a look here). We are adding more options all the time. Let us know if you have any questions or if there is a type of cane you would like that you don't see listed.