Walking canes are the lightest and least cumbersome of all mobility aids. They provide balance but should not be used for weight bearing. In other words, canes are not made to be heavily leaned on, and if a patient requires a mobility aid that provides weight support, a walking cane is not recommended.
In order to receive the full benefit of an assistive cane, it is important to receive training in its proper use.
Canes are generally used by unsteady but independent walkers for balance support.
|Prevents loss of balance||Not weight bearing|
|Lightweight and portable||One-sided support|
Safety Tip #1: Hold the walking cane on the side that is stronger to compensate for the weakness of the opposite side.
Safety Tip #2: When using a quad cane, be sure to touch all points of the cane to the ground. Although this may slow you down, it is required for your safety.
Cane Tip Types
Although the tip of your walking cane may seem small and insignificant, cane tips that have become worn or torn are dangerous. Fortunately, it is easy and inexpensive to replace this part of your cane, so be sure to do it regularly for your safety or that of your loved one.
When selecting replacement cane tips, the first thing you’ll need to know is the measurements of the bottom of your cane and find a cane tip size to match. This will usually be somewhere between .5” and 1”, including 5/8”, ¾” and 7/8”. Once you know which of the above measurements you need, the next step will be to choose the type of cane tip you prefer.
Rubber Cane Tips
The most common cane tip type is the basic, rubber cane tip which provides great traction and often includes a steel insert for increased durability.
Another type of cane tip available is the tripod or quad cane tip, which is attached to a single tip on the cane but ends with three or four prongs. This design offers increased traction, stability and weight capacity, and allows the walking cane to stand upright on its own. Some cane users prefer using these self standing cane tips instead of the bulkier quad cane.