Tips for Choosing a Cane
Though canes might seem like relatively simple assistive devices, there are actually several different styles for you to choose between. The number of tips at the end of the cane, as well as the handle that you use to hold onto the device, will vary based on your balance and/or mobility limitations.
If you need a cane simply to improve your balance, then a single-tipped cane will likely be your best option.
If your cane needs to be able to bear some of your weight, however, then an offset or quad cane--which evenly distributes weight among four different tips--may work better for you.
A wide array of cane handles allows you to choose the type that helps you feel most comfortable as you use the device to walk. The crook handle is the arched grip most people associate with canes. This style tends to be the least expensive, though it's usually only recommended for those who need to use a cane for a short period of time.
If you require long-term support, then a Derby handle or Fritz handle might be the best choice for you. These grips are straighter and easier to hold than crook-handled canes, and they provide extra support by putting most of your weight over the cane shaft. Since the handle is relatively small and easy to grip, these options are usually preferred by individuals with arthritis.
Canes With Travel Seats
Another popular feature that you might look for when choosing a cane is a travel seat that can be folded out when you need to take a rest while walking.
What Kind of Crutches Are Best?
Crutches may become necessary when you are unable to stand or walk with your full weight on your legs and require extra support at your base to stay upright. Depending on what type of injury or disability you are dealing with, crutches might be a temporary solution, or they may provide long-term assistance.
- Axillary crutches are the most common style. They are usually made of wood or aluminum, and they rest in your armpits. These crutches can help individuals with common injuries like broken bones or sprained muscles get around by letting you put your weight on the handgrips of the crutches and allowing you to rely on the bases for balance.
- If you have a mobility issue that requires you to use crutches indefinitely, then you might prefer the forearm crutch (also known as the Lofstrand crutch). These devices have cuffs that sit below your elbow, and they allow your arms to bear more of your weight.
No matter what level of assistance you need, it's easy to find the tools to help you stay mobile at drugstore.com. Ask your therapist or health care provider for guidance. Then browse the selection of canes and crutches to choose the style that's best for you.
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