Walking canes are devices designed to aid people with mobility impairments. Their main function is to support users to maintain steady and balanced positions when walking. There are many types of these devices so it is important to review some of their characteristics.
The oldest commercially available cane is known today as “hook” and this is due to its appearance. Being the first commercially available unit, it also meant that no comfort or security measures were initially promoted. They, however, remain in the market and are still used as walking mobility aids for many people today.
A cane known as “Palm Handle” is taken for many people as being the most comfortable cane that can be commercially found today. This cane seems to work better for people with health conditions such as arthritis. With a doctor assessment, the best fit can usually be chosen.
An “off-set” cane is also a choice. This type offers the user more security when moving and at the same time reduces the pressure placed on the hand and arm.
“Folding Canes” are usually taken as spare ones. They are most useful when traveling since they can be easily kept in very restricted places such as suitcases.
The “Quad Cane” has a rectangular base with 4 legs. Each leg has a support rubber that is able to stick to the ground surface to provide more balance. These are usually reserved for people who need more stability support when walking.
The one known as “T” or “Derby” has a shape that conveniently accommodates the user´s hand and in general, it provides the necessary balance and equilibrium for people with health issues.
All these canes are usually available with different types of accessories and spare parts. They come in a variety of designs and colors too. They are cost effective so it is no rare event to find users having more than one set.
Finding an appropriate walking cane is always an important investment since it will assist users in their health, comfort, and safety!