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How to Choose and Use a Walking Cane

If you have trouble getting around, weak knees, or other walking related problems, investing in a walking cane may be your best solution. Walkers and wheelchairs can be cumbersome and are meant for more immobile people. A walking cane will greatly increase your mobility and provide the necessary support to keep you going. Here are a few tips for choosing and using the best walking cane for you:

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  • Cane: Every cane is different. There are a wide variety of handles and shafts. The basic “rule of thumb” is to choose a handle that is most comfortable to you and a shaft that will adequately support you. Some people feel unstable with the rigidness of a straight cane. There are bent shaft canes that position the weight directly on the shaft instead of off to the side. Having the weight over the shaft allows for better support and prolonged comfort.
  • Quad Cane: Quad canes provide more support than single tip walking canes. These canes are often heavier because of having a larger base for weight distribution and stability.


  • Walking: No matter the cane, the walking technique is the same. Position your cane in the arm of the same side as the affected leg. Move your cane and affected leg forward together. Place the weight appropriately by leaning on your cane. Finally, bring your stronger leg forward. Repeat this process.
  • Stairs: Stairs can be tricky. Hold the cane in the hand opposite your stronger side. Lift your stronger leg up a step and use this leg to support the ascent of your affected leg and cane. When going down the stairs, place your affected leg and cane on the step below you, and follow with your stronger leg. Use caution when climbing, and always use the railing for safety.
  • Chairs: Place your cane in the hand opposite your stronger leg. Place your other hand on the arm or back of the chair. Slowly shift your weight forward and bend your knee. Lower yourself into the chair. When getting up, the process remains the same.


Remember to be aware of any slippery or rough surfaces on which you will travel. Be especially cautious with ice and gravel. Making sure that your walking cane has a good foothold during placement.

Walking Canes for Sale

Looking for an offset aluminum cane or a quad cane? Check out our selection of walking canes by Drive Medical and Roll Mobility.


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