Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How can a cane or walking stick benefit me?
A. Canes and walking sticks have a variety of uses for individuals young and old, including but not limited to:
- Helping maintain balance
- Preventing falls
- Reducing stress on the back, feet, knees, and legs
- Breaking trails
Q. How to I choose the right length of can or walking stick?
A. Cane and walking stick measurements based solely on height are not accurate because individuals vary when it comes to arm and leg length and torso size. To determine the length of walking stick or cane that is right for you, start by standing straight with both hands to your sides. Raise the fingers on your hand that will hold the cane so that your palm faces the floor. Your elbow may bend slightly. Measure the distance from your wrist to the floor to get a general measurement of how long your cane or walking stick should be. For an exact measurement, you may want to contact your doctor or physical therapist.
Q. What is the difference between cane and walking stick handles?
A. The most common handles are the Tourist and the Derby. The Tourist handle is a simple handle that is in the shape of a J. Most people, however, prefer the Derby handle because it conforms better to the hand and helps evenly distribute weight. Individuals who suffer from arthritis may want to try the Fritz handle. An anatomically correct handle is custom fit to match the needs and preferences of the user.
Q. How do I properly use a cane or walking stick?
A. If you need a cane or walking stick because of an injury or health issue, carry the device in the hand opposite of your injury. Use the cane or walking stick to support the weaker side of your body and take steps as you would naturally. If you need a cane or walking stick for balance issues, listen to your body and take steps as you feel comfortable. Keep an eye out for obstacles such as slippery or unstable surfaces to avoid a potential fall. When climbing up stairs or walking on an incline, use your strongest leg to take the first step and then use the cane or walking stick to support your next step. When descending stairs, proceed with the weak side and the cane or walking stick first and follow with the stronger side.
Q. Do I need a strap for my cane or walking stick?
A. Many people prefer a cane or walking stick that has a strap because it is easier to handle the cane or walking stick when you are trying to use your hands. Using the strap, you can simply slip it over your wrist and shop for groceries, look at items, take a drink, etc. Basically, a wrist strap is a matter of personal preference. There are, however, a variety of wrist straps that can be attached to a cane or walking stick and then removed when you do not want to use them.
Q. Can I get replacement parts for my cane or walking stick?
A. Top quality canes and walking sticks have the handle securely attached with studs and epoxy. This means that they cannot be unscrewed and replaced with a new handle without compromising the integrity of the device. However, the rubber tips on the bottom of canes and walking stick do wear out and need to be replaced on a regular basis.
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