Picking A Cane | Canes

Picking A Cane | Canes

A cane is used to help you balance as you walk or to bear weight to compensate for an injury or disability.  Did you know there are different types of canes? A single tip cane has one contact point with the floor. It is used when balance assistance is the needed function. A multi-tip cane has more than one contact points with the floor. If the cane must bear your weight, the multi-tip cane is a better choice than the single tipped cane.

Fit

Correct cane fit is important to its proper functioning. If a cane is too big, it will be harder to move and tougher for you to put weight on it.  If the cane is too short, it will cause you to lean too much — throwing off your balance.  A properly-fitted cane should line up with the crease in your wrist when you arm is hanging straight down at your side.

Tip

There are a variety of cane tips available today.  The tip on your cane should provide you with grip on all different types of surfaces.  It is important to make sure that you change tips on your cane on a regular basis; as worn or cracked tips can cause you to lose you balance or slip. You can also add an attachment, to prevent your cane from slipping during dangerous ice and snow conditions and the single point tip flips up when not in use.

Grip

It is important to choose a hand grip that is comfortable for you.  You can choose between a curved hand, straight handle and a handle covered in foam.  A bad choice could result in pain and soreness in you wrist and hand. It is important for you to try the different grips available to see what will work best for you and your situation.

Stop by Cooper Medical Supplies at 1953 Baron Avenue in Kelowna.  One of our knowledgeable staff can help you find the right style and size cane for your mobility needs.

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