Unfortunately, most people assume that buying a walking cane is a simple process. This is because they think that all walking canes are created equal and as such, it does not matter which one that they purchase. This, however, is far from true. Each walking cane is quite different. They differ in terms of quality, design, handle, tip, and many other elements. This is why you should avoid making the wrong decision when buying a walking cane. Here are the most common errors to evade:
Getting the Wrong Type
There are several types of walking canes and they are each specific to a particular need or condition. Take for instance, the standard crook cane. This one tends to be the one that is more commonly used. This is good for individuals who require only minimal amounts of support, like those who are recovering from minor surgery. However, if you are looking for a cane that offers much more support, you will be better off with a quad cane. Due to its four point base, you will be able to derive a great deal more stability from this design. If you are prone to wrist problems, then orthopedic grip cane or an offset cane to be of greater use to you. Since there is a lot to choose from, it can be difficult to make a decision. It is a good idea to get your physician’s opinion to avoid choosing the wrong design.
Getting a Cane That Is Too Long or Too Short
Prior to getting a cane, you should be measured. Most importantly, you should measure the distance from the ground to your hand, when your arm is at a fifteen degree angle. Some canes have adjustable rods and therefore, you will not need to be measured. You can simply adjust the cane to fit your height. However, if you want a wooden cane or one that cannot be adjusted, you should definitely take the right measurements. At the very least, hold the preferred cane in your hand. With the tip on the ground, your arm should be slightly bent forward, from the elbow onwards. Only with the right length will you be able to get the support that you require.
Choosing a Poor Quality Tip
The tip of your cane often ends in rubber. What most people forget is that this is one of the most important parts of your cane. This piece is not just there to act as a sound-proofing component. It is also the part that prevents you from slipping and sliding across the floor. Therefore, you should make sure that the rubber is of good quality and that the pattern is adequate for creating enough of friction. You should also remember to frequently check and replace the end of your cane to keep in good, working condition.
Not Getting a Medically Appropriate One
There are plenty of walking canes available but some of these are strictly for aesthetic purposes. This means that they are not necessarily created to offer you balance or support. If you are trying to overcome a medical condition or to give yourself greater stability, it is best to visit a medical facility. These may not always have the look or the style that you want but they will help you to walk and move around more comfortably.
These are the most common mistakes that people make when buying a walking cane. Make sure to avoid them so that you have a much better experience the first time you use a walking stick.