4 frequently asked questions about walking canes

How do I choose the best kind of walking cane?
Foldable walking canes are usually made of aluminum and are easily portable. Such a cane is ideal for those who have a reasonable amount of stability, but just require a little additional support when moving.
Quad canes are fitted with a rectangular rubber base that offers greater protection from slipping and also offers more stability to the user. The quad walking cane can be left in an upright position without any support when not in use. Usually, the height of the cane can be adjusted to suit the user.
Offset canes have a uniquely angled handle that can accommodate itself to the alignment of the body and reduces the strain on the wrist.
Wooden canes, being the conventional choice, are now becoming the choice of many. Some are also choosing these wooden canes as a fashion statement.

When you want to choose a walking cane that works best for you, ask yourself the following questions:
– On what kind of terrain am I going to use the cane?
– What activities is the walking cane required for?
– How much support do I need from the walking cane?

What is the white cane and what is it used for?
The white cane is used by people who are visually impaired and is designed to help them locate possible obstacles in their path. It is also used to let others know that the person using the cane is visually impaired.

What is the significance of a white walking cane with a red band?
Usually, people who are both visually and hearing impaired are required to use a white cane with a red band or tip, so that others who might inadvertently step into their path or call or honk from behind are aware and can act accordingly.

How do is use my walking cane effectively?
Generally, if you are using a walking cane to support yourself when walking because one side is weaker or painful, use the cane on the side opposite to your weak side. However, if the cane is intended to enhance your stability or offer support, you could use the hand that you use less frequently to support the cane.

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