When Do You Know it's Time to Use a Walking Cane?
Posted by ALEX TORRES
Is it Time to Start Using a Cane?
While there's not a simple yes or no answer, there are some factors to consider. In certain situations, using a walking cane can be the perfect solution for assisting with balance and boosting your confidence in your own walking capabilities. If you are trying to decide if someone (or yourself) needs a walking cane, think about this simple question: would additional support be helpful in getting through the day more safely and easily? If the answer is yes, then it is time to start using a cane!
Even if you simply experience instability while walking, or you have trouble getting up and down stairs, a cane can provide the security you are looking for. One of the best reasons to start using a cane is to decrease the likelihood of falling or experiencing pain while walking. Canes can also help alleviate pressure on your joints and give your muscles a break. With this relief, you could walk farther and possibly with less pain throughout the day.
If any of these instances apply to you or a loved one, it is time to start using a cane.
At What Age Should I use a Cane?
Simply put, you can start using a cane whenever you need extra balance, stability or support while walking, whether it's walking around the mall or just going to the mailbox. You certainly don't have to be any specific age. Those recovering from surgery or a major injury, even those in their early twenties, may use a cane to assist with mobility during the recovery process. Anyone who is worried about falling, or simply has pain in the knees or hips after walking can start using a cane. In short, anytime you need one is a good time to start using a cane. Today, canes are so much more fashionable and unique, you can use one simply to upgrade your style as well as give you support. There's an incredible range of stylish, designer canes available in wood, metal, and even super lightweight carbon fiber that will make a fabulous accessory, no matter your age!
Our Triple Wound Carbon Fiber Derby walking canes are popular across many age groups due to their unique and versatile appearance.
Do I need a Cane? Answer these 7 questions to find out!
- Is it difficult to walk without assistance (grasping a handrail or other support) every day?
- Does walking cause pain in your limbs and joints?
- Do you ever feel like you might fall while walking unassisted?
- When you walk do you frequently look for a supportive fixture for balance and to steady yourself (like a sofa arm, chair, railing or other support)?
- Do you decide not to do certain things that involve walking and you would rather not risk a fall or feel you can not physically complete the task?
- Do you have difficulty walking up and down a flight of stairs or uneven ground?
- Does walking require excessive physical exertion and tire you out faster than you'd like?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, consider buying a cane and using it either on a daily basis or whenever you feel you need some extra support and balance. Even if it is just to help you heal after an injury or procedure, a cane can give you more control and freedom in your life. While a cane is not a replacement for crutches and is not a medical device, it can still assist you in continuing to live your life on your own terms. Using a cane can take some weight off your hips, knees, and feet to help reduce pressure to prevent pain flare-ups. Take a moment to consider whether a cane would help improve your life. There are many great reasons to use a cane.
Canes Help with Balance and Provide Support
Canes provide support while standing and walking so you will not tire out as quickly. They also improve your balance while in use to help prevent falls and injury. Some people use canes for assistance after surgery or when they have an injury. Concerned that your balance might need a boost? Self-evaluate with a quick balance test!
Assess Your Balance
1. Ensure that you are comfortable and barefoot in a room with space to move freely.
2. Seat yourself on the floor with no support or assistance of any kind.
3. Without using your arms, hands, the sides of your legs, or your knees, rise to a standing position.
If you find this task to be difficult, or even impossible, it is likely that now is the time to start using a cane.
Buy a Cane
Vibrant designs, such as the Blue Denim Derby Walking Cane, will make your cane feel like a fashionable extension of yourself!
We offer a wide range of canes and walking sticks in stylish designs so you look great and feel great when using one! Many people buy canes simply as an accessory to their everyday attire as they can add a dramatic embellishment to any look. While there are plenty of good reasons to start using a cane, and your reasons are certainly unique to you, it's important to find a cane that not only serves its purpose but also makes you feel great! The next step is to find the right cane for you! Click here to learn how to measure and size a cane so you can give yourself the gift of stability and buy a walking cane today!