Using a Cane - Expectation vs Reality
When getting around gets tough, there are several products available which can make getting staying mobile much easier. Walking canes are one the most common. Unfortunately, you can’t just borrow a walking cane from a friend or grab a cane from the drug store. Choosing the right walking cane for you can transform your life.
Many people have preconceived notions about canes and what they represent. In reality, walking canes have come a long way. Now, walking canes are not only functional, they are also stylish and practical.
Below are five things that you should know before you start using your new walking cane!
Understand Why You Need A Cane – There are several reasons why can a cane may be the perfect solution for you. Do you have pain or balance issues when you are walking? Do you find yourself holding on to walls and furniture when maneuvering about? Do you find yourself moving around less than you would like or avoiding outings because of these concerns? If so, you could benefit from using a cane temporarily or on a permanent basis.
You Don’t Have To Sacrifice Style – Just because you need to start using a cane, it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style. There are so many options beyond the stainless steel canes at the drug store. Find a cane, or canes!, that you love and you will be happy to use them. You have more than one pair of shoes, why not have a cane wardrobe?
- Ensure Your Cane Is Correctly Sized – A cane that hasn’t been sized correctly isn’t going to help you at all. In fact, it could turn you off using a walking cane altogether. To work out the correct size cane for you, put on your walking shoes and allow your arms to hang freely to your side. Now, have a friend or family member measure from your wrist joint to the floor. If you have a measurement which isn’t an exact inch, then round up. That’s the length of the cane you should look to purchase.
- Using Your Cane On The Correct Side – Your walking cane should always be used on your “good side”, opposite side the side with the injury. Take a step with your “bad” leg and bring the cane forward at the same time. Take average size steps and don’t let the cane get too far ahead of you. If you are using the cane for general balance and not for an injury, hold the cane in your dominant hand. See this article for more tips on walking with a cane.
- Use It Or Lose It – Don’t think of your cane as a bad thing. A cane that you like that fits you well will allow you to keep doing everything you want to do. Mobility is so important for your physical and mental health. A cane that sits in the closet doesn’t do you any good
Check out Ease Living's cane selection here. And don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have about walking canes. We would love to assist you in discovering a walking cane that improves your mobility and adds some style.