What is the function of a walking cane?
Walking canes are not only useful or necessary for older people, but are a great tool for people of all ages who may require assistance while moving around. Canes make getting around a lot easier for people of all ages including those who might suffer from a disability, or are recovering from an injury that makes walking difficult. Walking Canes help stabilize a person's movement by increasing balance and support. This helps avoid injury from falls, or incorrect posture during recovery. Once you become accustomed to using a walking cane, you'll be amazed at how much easier it is to move around safely and confidently.
Choosing the right sized cane is important for your comfort and overall health. Your cane should help you, not hurt you - In order to learn about fitting a cane properly, please read our "How to Properly Fit a Walking Cane" guide by clicking here.
If you are buying a cane for someone and are not sure of the recipient's cane size, then consider buying an adjustable walking cane. Most of our folding canes adjust from 33 inches to 37 inches in one-inch increments. If an adjustable cane is not what you are looking for you still have a couple of options
If you buy a cane that is not a good fit for the recipient, you can get a refund or exchange within 30 days of purchase provided that the cane is in original and resalable condition and has not been cut. We also cover how to sise a cane for someone else in our "How to Properly Fit a Walking Cane" guide - Click here to read this guide.
If this is your fist time using a cane or if you're buying a cane for someone else (possibly a parent, family member, or friend), it's important to know how to use the cane properly. To find out more about properly using a walking cane to its full advantage, please read our article "How to use a cane properly" [Insert Link]
The Handle or Grip is an important part of the cane and should be chosen carefully. Each handle has its own style and comfort benefits. In order to select a handle that suits your needs well, please see our comprehensive guide to cane grips and handles here: What Grip or Handle is right for me?[Insert Link]
It is a good idea to know your walking cane in detail. Walking canes have four simple parts: Handle, Collar, Shaft or Shank and the Tip or Ferrule. To learn more about each of these parts and their function, please visit the section "Anatomy of a Walking Cane - 101"[Insert Link]
Different materials can be used for a cane's shaft. Our canes are available in a wide variety of materials such as aluminum, carbon fiber, wood, bamboo, etc. Some of these materials offer solid support and great looks while others are more ascetically pleasing than functional. Click Here to learn more about the different material types used to make walking canes. (takes them to the "What are walking canes made of" article)
Airport security personnel must allow you to keep your cane and can only confiscate it if you give them a valid reason to do so. Be sure to inform them that you need assistance in walking, sitting or standing, and need the cane in this regard. Folding Canes are the easiest to travel with as they can be fitted into your hand luggage or tucked away in the plane's seat pocket.
Just like the soles of shoes, the rubber tips provide traction and help prevent the cane from slipping during use. Replacement rubber tips and accessory tips may be ordered on our Cane Accessories Page [Insert Link].
Typically wrist straps are an optional accessory intended to allow the user's wrist to be placed through the strap and slid up the arm when in a stationary position and not in use. However, some canes come with this feature not as an accessory but as a necessity. Folding Canes such as our Mini-Folding Adjustable Canes [Insert Link] sometimes require both hands to release and the strap allows you to hang the cane from your arm or wrist while you fold or retract your cane.
Important Note: The strap should never be used when walking with the cane. Using the strap while walking can lead to serious wrist injuries if the cane user were to suddenly trip or fall with the strap wrapped around his wrist.
To offer you the largest selection of walking canes, CanesAndWalkers.com has partnered with a wide variety of cane manufactures and distributors from around the world. We only offer the best products from the finest manufactures. Because of our strategic partnerships we are able to provide you the best prices. Your satisfaction is guaranteed!
Walking canes have an extensive history that goes back more than 250 years. Used for function and fashion the cane has evolved over the centuries and during that time many niche styles and designs were created, some of which are still very popular today. The cane continues to evolve in strength, style and function with new technologies. Read the complete History of Walking Canes by clicking here. (takes them to the "History of Walking Canes?" article)