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Canes are valuable assistive devices for a wide range of people, including those with walking abnormalities, those who have a high risk of falling, and those who have issues with balance, pain, or weakness, especially to the hips, knees, or feet. Canes are also used to help patients maneuver with more stability when recovering from surgery or a stroke.
For so many people, a walking cane makes it possible for them to live independently while remaining active and mobile. But if this is your first time being prescribed a cane, you first need to learn how to use a walking cane properly before you can achieve that type of result.
This guide will help you learn how to walk with a walking cane safely and effectively.
If this is your first time using a cane, follow these four steps to help make it as comfortable as possible while you get accustomed to using it.
If you need assistance, ask someone to supervise you or help stabilize you when you’re walking with your cane for the first time. You want to feel comfortable and fully confident using your cane before going out on your own.
Walking on a flat, level surface is one thing for a new cane user, but when you need to use the stairs or step up on a curb, you need to use extra care because this can take a little getting used to. Here is the proper way to use a cane when you are walking up or downstairs.
Walking Up the Stairs
Walking Down the Stairs
The following tips can help you improve your safety and comfort while you are learning how to use a walking cane.
Learning how to walk with a cane safely and comfortably can take some getting used to, so don’t get frustrated or impatient. This is an important step in you becoming more mobile and independent, so you need to do it correctly. Before long, you will find the added support and stability provided by your cane to be the best thing that’s ever happened to you and enables you to maintain an independent and active life.
If you need a more hands-on approach to learning how to use your cane, speak to a physical or occupational therapist. Your physical or occupational therapist can also teach you exercises that can help improve your body’s strength, balance, and stability.
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