Walking canes are helpful to those who may suffer from a long term injury or those who are still recovering from extensive surgery. If you fall into this group of people, you may wonder, "Where can I find durable and inexpensive canes near me?" At Broadway Home Medical we carry a wide selection of standard and heavy duty walking canes, as well as specialty canes, and we're here to help you find the cane that fits your style.
There are many different type of canes with many different uses. Cane types may include: folding canes, resizable canes, canes with a seat built in, quad base canes, or canes for the visually impaired. Cane tips and straps are accessories for canes that can increase the life of your cane or the safety of its use. There are plenty of materials to choose from as well. Something important to consider is your height. If your cane is too short or too tall, you may discover your cane creating some discomfort or find that it lacks enough support. Once you've found the right cane for you, it's important that you learn how to walk with it.
Walking with a cane can feel different at first but with persistent use and practice it'll become second nature. To properly walk with a cane, you'll want to hold the cane on your stronger side to support the other leg. As you step forward with the weak or injured leg, move the cane forward simultaneously. It's important that you move the cane the same distance as your average step. If you feel like you need to catch up with the cane, that may affect your posture and cause back pain.
Stairs can be intimidating when you're using a cane. Whether you've done it before or it's your first time always remember: go slow! When going up the stairs stand close to the first step and step with the stronger leg. Lean forward and accompany your cane with your weaker leg. Repeat this until you have reached the top.
Going down the stairs can be more dangerous but this time gravity is on your side. Begin by stepping down with your weak leg and cane at the same time. Your stronger leg should follow. Try to maintain correct posture and avoid leaning forward as much as possible. Remember to always go slow!
If you've never needed a cane until now, you may feel stressed or confused as to which mobility aid will work best for you. We hope this guide was informative enough to help you make that decision so that you can get back to walking safely and confidently. Our staff is well educated so if you would like to speak with someone about a new cane, come and visit us at Broadway Home Medical located in Wichita, Kansas!