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Choosing the Right Walking Stick

April 23, 2021 2 min read

To fully utilise the benefits of a walking stick, it should be well-suited for the user. Here's some advice on how to choose the right walking stick.

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1. Cane Tip - Single or Quad?

The tip of the walking stick is made of rubber and found on the bottom of the walking stick. A good tip should grip the floor well, absorb the weight of the user and not lose its shape easily.

Single Tip Cane and Quad Cane Tip

Single tip vs quadruple tips.

The single tip helps the user maintain their balance and is suitable for users who need a walking stick to alleviate some pressure when walking.

The quadruple tips, on the other hand, are suitable for bearing more weight. Users who are less mobile and have more severe joint pain may prefer to use walking sticks with quadruple tips.

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2. Cane Height - Adjust to suit the user

Ensuring the ideal height of the walking stick is extremely important. If the stick is too long, the user may feel some soreness after prolonged usage. On the other hand, a stick that is too short may cause instability when more weight is placed on it.

Here is how you ensure the right height of your walking cane:

Firstly, measure the cane length you need. This should be the distance from the ground up to your wrist bone, rounding up to the nearest inch.

Then, get the measurement of your cane.

  1. Measure from the ground to the lowest point of the handle of the walking cane
    • Tip: Do not remove the cane tip at this point, take the tip into consideration when measuring cane length

    Now, get the cane to the right length!

    1. Find the difference in length of your cane and the measurement you need, and mark out the difference from the bottom of the cane tip
    2. Remove the cane tip, then saw or cut away the bottom portion of the walking cane that is equal to the difference in lengths
      • Tip: For aluminium canes, a simple tube cutter will do the job. For wooden/acrylic canes, a small hacksaw gets the job done!
      • Sand the bottom to ensure it is flat before re-attaching the cane tip

    Alternatively, we provide cutting services for FREE if you purchase a cane from us!

     

    3. Cane Handle - Which is most comfortable?

    Material

    Walking stick handles are commonly made of foam, rubber, plastic, or wood. Wood and plastic are usually more durable than foam. However, due to pain in the hands, some users prefer foam or rubber handles as it may be more comfortable.

    Size

    The handle should not be too small, causing insufficient grip. Users with arthritis or other joint pains might prefer a handle with a larger grip. Choosing an appropriately-sized handle will relieve unnecessary stress on joints and help prevent joint deformities.

    Shop the different types of walking canes here >>>

     

    Congratulations! Now that you're equipped with the knowledge of how to choose the right walking stick, learn how to choose the right mobility aids for your elderly loved ones.

    If you require more support than a walking stick can provide, you can check out our walking aids with 2-handed support here.

     


    2 Responses

    Rohana
    Rohana

    January 06, 2021

    I realy like the way u post things
    Great work
    Very good.
    I like your effort realy well
    Keep it up

    Aarsun Woods
    Aarsun Woods

    July 12, 2017

    It’s very Nice Post!! A wide range of handcrafted wooden walking stick in traditional designs Thanks for sharing.

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