There can be many different reasons why you need to use a cane. They can come in many different sizes and shapes in order to meet the needs of different users.
Today we will talk about the standard cane, the most common and popular.
They are recommend only if you’re putting no more than 20% of your body weight on it, otherwise you should look into getting a walker or crutches. They are also mainly used for balance and to help you stand more upright when walking.
If that’s your case, here’s a few tips to help you use this assistive device:
– Make sure your cane has the right height:
- Your cane should be on the same level of your greater trochanter ( below your hip bone).
- Your elbow should be slight bent (about 20 degrees) .
– How to walk:
- Place your cane on your “good” side so that provides more support and stability to the opposite lower limb.
- Move the cane with your injured side and put your weight on them together. Take a step with the “bad” leg and bring the cane forward.