What to Look for in a Walking Stick?

November 20, 2013

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People with disabilities and those with limited movement due to an illness, as a result of an accident or a birth defect need a stable walking stick to assist in movement. A cane or a stick helps a person in so many ways: it can assist in getting up, in straightening his position as he starts to walk, as a leverage to correct gait and to move in difficult surfaces like irregular terrain, up and down the stairs and in walking in an incline. With all these in mind, there is a need to use a stable and reliable walking stick. But what are the things to look for when selecting the ideal cane or walking stick?

The type of material

You should invest in quality material that will withstand pressure, moisture and is durable. The most common material you will find is wood but canes may be made out of aluminium, acrylic and Lucite. Bamboo is a very reliable and durable material that is often used in mild injuries and for light walking but is non-flexible and may not be appealing to all ages. Acrylic canes on the other hand are clear, strong and durable; these look like glass but could withstand the pressure of being used over long periods of time. Aluminium cranes are very sturdy and are lighter than any other materials making it one of the best choices in walking stick materials.

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The handle of the cane

There are different types of cane handles: Derby, Fritz, Ball, Crook, Palm and Ornamental are just some of the most common. The ideal handle is a Fritz handle which improves the grip of people with arthritis while other cane handles like the Ball are just for ornamental purposes. Palm handles are so-called since it has grooves where the palm and the fingers may rest and grip when the stick is in use. This design improves weight distribution and will totally reduce hand pain.

According to the type of canes

There are several kinds of canes but these may be narrowed down into designer or fashion canes and for therapeutic purposes. If you need a walking stick to assist you in ambulation post-surgery, in recovering from an accident and for any medical condition that restricts movement, the best alternative is a therapeutic cane.

Possibly the most efficiently designed walking stick is the Hurry Cane. This is a cane that is specially designed to conform and not vice versa. It is highly versatile from the handle to the foot of the cane. The foot is designed to never slip no matter what surface you are on. The “ankle” pivots to allow better flexibility. The HurryCane is able to adjust in 4 different heights and has a durable, ergonomic and comfortable grip. It also folds into a small package that you may easily hide in your bag or purse. Thus, if you are looking for the ideal walking cane, hurry and check out HurryCane today.

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