Do I need a cane? Well, the answer can very since there are a number of different reasons why a person may benefit from using a cane on a temporary, or a regular basis. For example, you may benefit from using a cane temporarily if you are recovering from a recent accident, injury or surgery, while you may benefit from using a cane more regularly due to age, or if you have arthritis, a disability, or other long-term mobility related issues. Is a Cane a Good Solution for Me?
Even so, people often want to postpone or avoid using a cane thinking they can “make do” without one. But, when you consider the many benefits of using a cane, it is clear that using one is the smartest and healthiest choice both short, and long term.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you freely and easily walk on a daily basis?
- Can you walk without pain on a daily basis?
- Are you ever afraid of injuring yourself or falling while walking?
- Do you ever have trouble with balance or stability while walking?
- Do you sometimes find yourself holding on to furniture or countertops for support as you walk around your home?
- Is walking up or down a set of stairs challenging?
- Do you move around less than you would like due to any of the above concerns?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could benefit greatly from using a cane on a temporary, or even a regular basis.
Here are just a few ways using a cane will help you:
- A cane could help you walk more normally while taking weight off of a sore, injured or weaker foot, ankle, knee or hip.
- Using a cane can help prevent a needless injury due to a fall or strain that could lengthen your recovery time if you’re healing. Just ask Brad Pitt who used a cane when recovering from an ACL injury!
- Even if you do not feel pain while walking, a cane may be beneficial. If you are favoring one foot, leg, or knee, a cane could help you support your weight. It may also help avoid straining other parts of the body, like your arm, shoulder or back, that would have to compensate for a shift in your weight.
- Using a cane supports your efforts to stay mobile, active and independent.
- You could use a cane for support while walking up or down stairs.
- The use of a cane not could help reduce your pain. It could also help you walk with more confidence and maintain your balance.
- Using a cane can even delay the need for surgery by keeping some chronic issues, like osteoarthritis, from getting worse by reducing stress on the affected joints.
Using a cane is one the smartest choices you will ever make!
Finally, when you shop for a cane for yourself, a friend or family member, be sure to check out the Handy Cane, the award winning walking aid with a built-in reaching grabber. The Handy Cane provides all of the benefits of a traditional cane, but also enables you to pick up items as small as a dropped coin, keys or mobile phone, and as large as a jar, can or bottle that may be out of reach. So, even if you use the Handy Cane temporarily as a walking aid, you will have the highest quality, versatile reaching grabber for every day use. Take a look!