Canes can offer much-needed balance and support for elderly people and people coping with injury. However, if you’re planning to pick up a cheap cane from the drugstore, you may want to reconsider. The wrong cane can stress your wrist, not to mention hurt your back and further hamper your mobility. So how do you choose from among the many styles of canes on the market?
Here are some handy tips for choosing the right cane:
- First, consider how much support you need. If you just need a little help balancing, try a lightweight straight cane. Quad canes, or broad-based canes, offer maximum weight bearing and support. Offset-handle canes are in the middle—they’re typically lightweight but allow the user to put his or her weight directly over the cane tip for more stability.
- Pick the right grip. There’s no one-size-fits-all rule for grips—just make sure yours doesn’t cause numbness or pain. Many people find foam grips comfortable. If you have arthritis or joint pain, a larger grip can make things easier. Some manufacturers will even customize a grip to your hand.
- Make sure your cane is the right height. Many models are adjustable. If you’re not sure, choose a cane that is the same height as the distance from your wrist to the ground when you’re standing straight with your arms falling naturally from your sides.
Looking for a great cane? BEK Medical has a wide variety of canes and other mobility products to help you get where you want to go. Browse our online selection, or give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more!