The cane is used for various diseases of the legs, as well as for complications of human movement. She becomes a real assistant, on which you can rely in the literal sense of the word.
This device can not only protect its owner and protect it from falling, but also emphasize its individuality. Modern canes stand out for their variety - exquisite pens, engravings and a wide range of colors. The choice depends not only on criteria such as safety and reliability, but also on convenience and original appearance.
What is a cane?
A cane is a special support that supports a person’s weight when walking. Thanks to it, body weight is distributed and focuses not on the legs, but on the arm and collarbone.
When choosing such a construction, it is first necessary to be guided by its growth. It is necessary to take measurements of growth and suitable supports, it is worth choosing only from those that are clearly sized.
Although there are many different types, all sticks have similar components. In the upper part of the cane is a handle or grip. It is important that it suits you well and you feel comfortable walking.
Further, this is the collar that surrounds the area that is attached to the shaft. Sometimes this part is made of fancy material or engraved with the initials of a person. The shaft is a long enclosing support and may consist of wood, metal, carbon fiber polymer and other materials.
Some shafts are foldable - for easy carrying. For safety reasons, it is important that it be the correct length.
At the bottom is the tip. It is usually covered with rubber to ensure the stability of the stick on the ground. In some sticks, the tip can be removed and replaced with an "ice ax" for better traction in ice conditions.
Sometimes there are four such structures below, instead of one. Keeping the tip in good condition is vital for safe walking. These components come in many different types and styles, they are designed to meet the needs of a person, as well as wishes regarding his style and image.
Types of reeds
The next step is to think carefully about the type of cane that is best for you. Before looking at the many different features of the style of sticks, such as color or patterns, you need to determine which variety is best suited for security needs:
The lines are focused on maintaining balance and come with one base point, usually in the form of a removable / replaceable rubber tip. Straight canes often have a rounded handle made of wood or lightweight aluminum. Inexpensive supports are made whole, usually from wood, or an aluminum shaft, which can be adjusted in height.
Folding, usually height-adjustable, they can be folded in sections for easy storage. Another type of this design is with an aluminum tube shaft and a strong tensioning cable inside. It will be folded with each section securely moving into the lower section.
Branched cane in the shape of the letter "J" with a shaped handle - such devices are designed to provide balance and comfort, especially if you have problems with your wrist and you cannot hold the cane tightly. This greatly helps the person to distribute the weight of the body over the shaft for increased convenience. Such a device also has a greater selection of height adjustment and removable / replaceable rubber tips.
Square or wide canes are concentrated on balancing and comfortable movement, this is especially important on sidewalks. Quadrangular instruments provide additional support for sustainability. Such designs have four points resting on the ground. It also allows you to release the square cane without worrying that it will collapse to the ground. These designs come with large square bases or with a mini-four, both of which offer additional support for the user.
If the device is selected for a person with a small weight, then such a cane is probably not suitable.
People with a weight category of more than 250 pounds who need additional support for their body weight should look at Bari canes. If in doubt, it is recommended that you consult a doctor or physiotherapist for the recommended type or design style.
Why do you need a cane?
A cane is a support for the whole body, it is able to adjust and distribute the weight so that the body does not overwork when walking. The device is necessary in the presence of a number of symptoms associated with the legs and in the postoperative period.
This device can be used both temporary support and on an ongoing basis:
- with arthritis;
- for knee pains;
- at fracture or dislocation;
- in the postoperative period;
- for chronic leg diseases.
In practice, the cane is used for various reasons. The first is the disease and rehabilitation period. The second - a person has normal health, but when walking requires a little extra balance support (senile disturbance of the motor apparatus, as an example). In this case, the doctor will say that the cane is the easiest walking aid that can be used for support. This should help improve your balance outside the home.
Efficiency and safety
Pedestrian canes have many varieties. Material, color and style are a matter of preference for everyone. However, type and size affect performance and safety.
When used correctly, balance is improved and the risk of falling is reduced, expanding the support base, and weight on the joints of the lower body is also reduced. The most common styles are single point and four point or three point canes.
Most people with arthritis need only single point canes, and those with neurological impairments are best served with four point canes (they can give them greater stability).
When choosing a cane, put on your usual walking shoes and lower your hands on the sides. The top or hook of the cane should hit your wrist. If the stick is high, then you will not get the necessary support, if too low you will fall.
Proper use when walking
People often try to use the cane on their weak side. It is not right. It is worth doing everything exactly the opposite. The use of this support should be in the hand opposite to your weak side, that is, keep it near your strong leg. This results in a uniform weight distribution. When you walk with the support, place it about 2 inches in front or side (the main thing is not in the front). Move the affected leg and cane together so that each side shares the load.
Proper use on the stairs
To climb stairs, first move your healthy leg. Watch the affected part and the cane at the same time. Going down the stairs, start with the appliance, then put your weak leg forward and follow a healthy limb.
You can be amazed at the many different types and forms that are available today. The most important thing is to pay attention to the security function. If it is difficult to determine the type, then it is worth consulting with professional consultants. For safety reasons, people with chronic foot conditions and those who cannot hold their weight will be most likely to use a square cane. For those who value comfort above all, the folding design is the best option.
Although doctors strongly recommend using a cane to relieve pain in the legs, many patients do not even want to consider using it. They believe that canes not only spoil the appearance of a person, but are still unsafe for health. Someone is shy of this, someone brings discomfort, but in fact, over time, this device becomes a familiar thing and is perceived as the most reliable and high-quality support.