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If you’re looking for a walking cane, there are several factors to consider before making a purchase. Here are some tips to help you choose the right walking cane for your needs:
Determine if you need a cane: Before purchasing a walking cane, it’s important to determine if it’s the best mobility aid option for you. Canes are most beneficial for those recovering from surgery on one side, with an injury or disability that affects only one side of the body, with back pain, or with arthritis in the ankles, knees, hips, or back 1.
Choose the right type of cane: There are several types of canes available in the market. Some of the most common types include standard canes, quad canes, and tripod canes. Standard canes are the most basic type and provide support to one side of the body. Quad canes have four feet and provide more stability than standard canes. Tripod canes have three feet and are lighter and more mobile than quad canes 12.
Select the right handle: The handle of your walking cane should be comfortable to grip and provide adequate support. Some common handle types include crook handles, T-handles, and offset handles 1.
Choose the right height: The height of your walking cane is crucial to ensure proper support and balance. To determine the correct height for your walking cane, stand up straight with your arms at your sides and measure the distance from your wrist to the floor 1.
Consider additional features: Some additional features to consider when selecting a walking cane include weight capacity, adjustability, portability, and accessories such as tips or bases 13.
I hope these tips help you choose the right walking cane for your needs!
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