To obtain the maximum support from a cane it must be a proper fit and used correctly.
Time Required: 20 minutes
- Consider the functionality of the cane, not only its appearance.
- Select from the various styles of canes by considering the stability each offers.
- Choose a cane that is light.
- To select the proper length for a cane, stand up straight with your shoes on and arms at your sides. The top of the cane should reach the crease on the under side of your wrist.
- If the cane is a proper fit, your elbow will be flexed 15-20 degrees when you hold the cane while standing.
- Choose an adjustable cane if you plan to wear different styles of shoes.
- Make sure you have a good grip of the cane and that the fingers and thumb do not overlap.
- Shift as much weight to the cane as necessary.
- Make sure that the tip of the cane is in good condition and that it is replaceable.
- Hold the cane with the opposite hand of the side that needs extra support.
- When ascending stairs, step first with the cane and good foot following with the bad side.
- When descending stairs, step first with the bad foot and follow with the cane and good foot.
- Always take your cane with you.
- Keep your free hand on the railing when going up or down stairs.
- With a written prescription from your doctor, most health insurance will cover the cost of a cane.