May 18, 2024

Most everyone will suffer an accident or illness that will leave them requiring something that will aid them, so that they can walk easy once more, without further endangering their health. When that time comes, you may need canes and crutches to help you get around, and this article is dedicated to explaining the types available for your use today, so that you can make an informed choice as to which one may be the best for you.

Tips for Using Canes

Canes and crutches are designed to aid you in walking upright, without having to resort to a wheelchair to get around. Most people prefer to use canes over crutches, because crutches can be unwieldy and difficult to use everywhere.

When walking with a cane, it is best to hold the cane in the hand that is opposite of the leg that needs support. This means that if your right leg is injured, you hold the Caned Chair  in your left, and when you swing that leg out while taking a step, you also place the cane out with it. When you need to out pressure on the injured leg, be sure to place pressure on the cane to help support yourself.

Types of Canes

Walking canes come in a variety of styles and designs, but they all have one thing in common: the point. There are two distinct types of points available on all canes manufactured today, single and quad. A single point cane is just like it sounds, it has a single point at one end that is used to support you as you walk with it. For those who need more stability while moving about, a quad cane with its four points at one end is recommended.

Crutches

Crutches can be made of aluminum or wood, and come in two distinct styles: the walking crutch that fits into the armpits for support, and arm crutches, which fit to the forearm. Both styles take some getting used to, and practice moving around with them, and there is a host of things to take into consideration before selecting any one pair for your use.

When selecting crutches for mobility, the first thing you need to do is size them. Each crutch should be one to two inches below your armpit when you are standing straight, with the handles at around hip height, so that your elbows are slightly bend when gripping them. If the tops touch your armpits while standing straight, they are too tall and may cause balance issues when you try and use them. Always check the padding on the tops and on the grips, as well as the tips at the ends. Worn padding, grips and tips will do you no good, as they can tear apart while moving, or not grip the floor properly and cause you to fall.

Moving on Crutches

When you want to get out of a chair, put both crutches in the hand on the same side as the injured leg. Grasp the arm of the chair with one hand, the handles in the other. Push up with your uninjured leg until you are standing. To move forward, place both crutches slightly ahead of you, about 18 inches. Support your body with your hands, and allow it to swing forward, resting your weight on the tops of the crutches.

Going up stairs can be difficult for anyone using canes and crutches, so extra care must be taken, same with going down stairs. Always stand close to the step, and, keeping your walking aid on the ground, place your uninjured leg on the step. Bring your walking aid to the step, and the injured leg. Repeat until you reach your destination. Use handrails, if necessary, for extra stability.

 

 

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