Health Facts To Use A Cane
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Health Facts To Use A Cane

When a cane is needed for a temporary or long term health issue there are many facts to consider which will be listed within this article. Some times a foot, ankle or leg make using a cane necessary for safety as well as healing.The important points to follow in order to use a cane successfully are explained here as well.

When an assistive device is needed the cane might be the choice. In these facts will be the way to select one, adjust it and walk with a cane for good health and going in the direction for recovery as wellness takes place.

Most often times a doctor will recommend using a cane for safety, yet a sudden weakness or injury might produce the need to use  a cane without a physician's recommendation. Canes are available in assorted styles. Folding, three footed and single points all have their function for specific reasons. A brief summary of those will help you to decide which can help you most.

Kinds of canes

1.  Folding canes are primarily used for poorly sighted individuals since they can detect objects during walks with a service dog. These are not meant to be strong enough to hold portion or much body weight, but to scan the  ground for walking safely.They are clad in white to inform others the user of that cane has deficient eyesight. Other colored folding canes are available , but should only be used to detect uneven walking surfaces since they are not constructed for weight bearing either. This style cane can have a rubber tip as well as a removable cover with cleats for use in icy or snowy conditions.

2.  Three footed canes are a stand alone cane. The base of the cane has a flat platform that holds the stem of the cane on the top and three elevations called feet on the bottom. 3 footed canes have some weight to them, however are easily lifted from one step to another in spite of approximately 3 to 4 pounds of metal to lift for mobilization for an injured or handicapped person. The sturdy feel of a 3 footed cane is prefered by many for both short and long term use. Full body weight can be supported with this style. Many elderly or seniors select this over the walker since it is more manageable and portable in daily tasks.

3.  Single stem or point canes pose some dilemas for customers since there are several styles within this kind to choose. Handles are assorted designs from straight, curved to a glove-like platform for the hand to hold. Bent or single rod like stem provide assorted support and ease of use. These decisions are solved by trying out how each of these feels to the patient who will be using the cane. Materials for a cane are numerous from wood, metal and synthetic man made components.

Cane:  points of comfort and desire

1.  Choose a padded hand area for a soft feel.

2.  Select attached ring to allow for hanging wallet or purse.

3.  Pick a cane you will use.   

Directions for using a cane  

When a doctor orders a cane to be used a physical therapist will instruct the proper use of that device, however proper body mechanics can be learned when these points are followed.

1.  Choose the correct height of the cane for the person using it. For adjustable canes try having the top of the cane right at or just below hip or pelvic crest area and change if higher is more comfortable.

2.  Plan on practicing walking in the house without the influence of irregular footing, weather conditions or other environmental points to contend with while learning.

3.  Place the cane on the opposite side of the body injury. For example: If the right hip is painful place the cane in the left hand.

4.  Securely plant the cane before moving the body.

5.  Do not place the cane more than a normal gait step in front of the body. Leaning in toward the cane can cause poor balance and create a fall.

6.  Put the cane ahead of the injured body part and step into the parrallel position to the cane.

7.  Bring the other foot into that same stance or continue walking if that feels secure enough to do so.

8.  Going up stairs put the cane on the assending stair and put the uninjured foot on the step. Bring the injured foot up last.

9.  Going down stairs, put the cane on the step in front of you first before moving. Put the uninjured foot on the step down first and bring the injured foot down last.

10.Make turning with several short movements using the cane to support and guide the body with safety.


Roberta Baxter 44 years nurse's experience in medical field.



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Comments (16)

Nice information.

A subject that I have never given much thought to. Very interesting and informative.

My hip has been hurting me for months, I may need a cane! Thanks for the tips.

I never thought too much about what goes into using a cane, thanks for the info!

Good report. Thank you dear sister Roberta. Ever grateful for your friendship and support.

Yeah, I agree with Jerry. This is a much neglected idea, but one of utmost importance.

Very thoroughly explained and nicely executed write-up. This article is a must read for anyone who needs to use a cane. 

good topic- a fun fact, a cane is presented to the bridegroom in our marriages - hindus, he he

Wow, Roberta, this is amazing information.  Thanks.

I would trust never having to use your factual tips about canes, but know they are there if necessary. Good write-up.

Roberta, my mother quite often uses a cane. This was a very informative article....Jaz

great article, my man has to use a cane with the feet because of the icy streets of montreal in the winter.

Very Informative post

Very useful tips!

A very significant topic in relevance to people in critical age. I suppose each of us must come in time to face this.

Hi Roberta!  What a great informatiive article. You have covered many questions  that one may have when it comes to the use of a cane. I have a friend who has balance issues due to an anuerysm and he loves the FREEDOM CANE! It's a lightweight aluminum cane that has a grabbing/pick-up tool built onto it so if  he drops something & there is nothing for him to hold onto or lean against he can easily just pick it up with his cane and not give it a second thought. Just thought you'd be interested hearing about the "FREEDOM CANE". Thanks for the wonderful article.