How to Use a Cane to Help With Mobility

March 20, 2022 3:22 pm


To help yourself move with your cane, you should position your cane or stick slightly forward of your position and about 2 inches to the side. You may be tempted to stare at the floor while walking, but this is not a good technique. You should instead lift your head so you can see where you are going. Also, remember to always assume the first full weight bearing step on level surfaces. The same technique can be used on stairs. The first step should be taken on the leg that is stronger than the other. For a range of Disability Aids, contact

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You can also use a walking cane if you have difficulty walking. Hold it in the opposite hand to your injured leg or weaker side and push yourself forward with your cane. Once you take a step with your strongest side, you can place your weight on your leg that is injured and move the cane forward. You can then take another step with the cane using the opposite leg. The cane can help you move forward in unison with your bad leg or weakened side.

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Before you start using your cane, take measurements. First, determine the length from the floor to your wrist. You should stand upright in your walking shoes and bend your elbows about fifteen to twenty degrees. If you have a shorter distance than average, you can use a cane that is half your height for additional support. Alternatively, you can use an adjustable cane.