Choosing The Perfect Walking Cane Style

Choosing The Perfect Walking Cane Style

When someone suggests that it is time to use a walking cane to help you get around, understandably you might be put off on the idea—especially if you think they are the stark aluminum devices that looks like a shiny candy cane. No one is going to be too excited about using those things!

However, what if we told you there were many different types of walking canes that you could choose from? Why, if you really wanted to, you could think of the cane as an accessory, almost like a handbag or pair of shoes!

Old couple walking with canes.

Let’s take a look at the different kinds of walking canes you could choose from:

Type Of Cane

There are 3 types of walking canes that are most popular among users: 

  • Folding walking canes are designed to be travel friendly because they can be folded up nice and compact when it isn’t being used.
  • Quad canes have four little legs at the bottom of the cane and they are better for those who need more stability. The cane also stands on its own, so you never have to worry about bending to pick it up.
  • Offset canes have a restyled shaft that puts a handle with a soft grip at the top, slightly out of line with the handle. This provides you with some more stability and support, without causing strain to the arm or hands.

Type Of Handles

The real star of the show when it comes to walking canes is the handle. You don’t have to have one of those old style, drag you off the stage hook style canes, or the ones that use a foam handle like you’re riding a bike. There are a variety of styles to choose from!

Derby Handle – This handle fits comfortably in your hand. It has a downward curve back and a front that is slightly curved upward.

Fritz Handle - This handle is a lot like the Derby, except the curves aren’t as pointed. This is going to be a great choice for those who suffer from arthritis.

Men Derby Cane Scorched Cherry Hardwood


Fritz Handle


Ergonomic Handle – This handle is like the previous models, but is designed for people who suffer from conditions like arthritis, carpal tunnel and more. It is good for left or right handed people.

Palm Grip Handle – These handles are designed specifically for the right hand or the left. They will fit into the palm of your hand naturally and contours to the shape of your palm.

Tourist (hook) Handle – This is the traditional walking cane and resembles the shepherds crook. This is a popular option because it is a classic style, but also because you can rest it on your hand if you don’t want to use it anymore.

Orthopedic Handle – These handles are primarily recommended by the doctor because they fit in your hand comfortably and it is easier for older hands to grip it.

Tourist (hook) Handle
Orthopedic Handle

Knob Handles – These are designed more for style rather than comfort. They do fit in the palm of your hand, but you may not get the best grip.

Novelty Handles – These handles are often shaped like the head of an animal, but the can also be a novelty item like a flask. These aren’t ideal for everyday use, but they can make quite the statement for an event or holiday.

Leave us a comment below and tell is what is your favorite type of cane handle!

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