Walking Canes have been helping people get around since the 17th century. The design has progressed, but the concept is simply the same.
So why is it so hard to find quality information on cane styles all in one place?
You hop on Google, and search for “cane," you're immediately….lost. The options are unhelpful and overwhelming: half the sites are talking about sugar instead of walking canes, and the other half are showing you more types of canes than you ever knew existed.
Fortunately for you, we’ve broken it all down in a comprehensive, easy-to-read buying guide to help you decide which type of cane is right for you.
Also known as Collapsible canes, are hugely popular
***We recommend this style to those who may need support while on the go. If you're looking for something with a little more stability, the quad cane below may be a better option :)
The quad cane is equipped with a 4 pronged rectangular base
This is super handy! There may not be anything more frustrating than attempting to balance your cane against a table, chair, or even the wall...knowing it's most likely going to tilt over when you least expect anyways.
***We recommend these walking canes if you suffer from dizziness or a weakened lower body. The wide base creates a reliable support that makes getting around easier.
The Offset cane features a unique design.
***We recommend this style of walking canes for those who need a little extra support, who have less than average independent stability, but not totally reliant on walking aids
Also, if you have issues related to dexterity, carpal tunnel, or arthritis. The contour handle design is far more comfortable, and easier, to grip than normal cane handles.
These cane styles are the most commonly used today and cover the majority of walking limitations.
However, if you are looking for something more specific we recommend researching canes by the different parts. Take a look at the different options below to help you find your custom cane that covers all your needs.
Now, let’s break down the cane and focus on some individual features. If you are going to be using a cane, it is also important to know the different styles of handles and cane tips available to you. Learning about these features will help you to make a more educated decision on which features will benefit you the most.
There are an incredible number of cane handle styles to choose from. It is important to find the right cane handle, as this will determine the comfort and stability of your cane.
Keep these questions in mind in order to select the perfect cane handle:
The cane tip is located at the bottom of the came where the shaft meets the ground. This is a crucial part of the cane as it is what actually makes contact with the ground, and is responsible for providing traction to keep you from slipping. This item experiences considerable wear and tear over time, so it is important to find one that is durable and resistant.
Keep these questions in mind when deciding on which tip would work best for you:
Regardless of which cane you pick to be your newest partner in crime, remember these last tips!
It shouldn't be a hard decision, but it is certainly an important one. Taking the time to look at all your options is always recommended. You may find that you require specific features for better stability or comfort so take your time when making the final decision.
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