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Choosing and Using a Cane

What Is A Cane?

After your broken bone has healed and your cast has been removed, a cane is an aid to help you walk when you have a problem with your leg or foot. Canes come in different styles and are usually made out of wood or metal.

Canes are not always necessary full-time. Canes are often used when one becomes fatigued or experiences temporary problems with mobility due to extensive walking, i.e. airports, malls and large public gatherings. Broken Beauties folding travel canes are ideal for this situation as they can be easily stored in your purse or pocket. These canes offer the perfect solution for these types of temporary mobillty needs.

Canes must also be sized not only for height but for weight-bearing as well. Be sure to ask Broken Beauties about which kind of cane is best suited for your mobility needs. You can also learn more by reading our article - "Sizing Your Cane" by clicking here.

You need to choose a cane that best suits your type of condition and the amount of support you need. Broken Beauties offers a wide range of practical and fashionable canes to assist you.

Broken Beauties' mascot - Gup!With a written prescription from your health care provider, most health insurance providers will cover the cost of a cane.

Ask your health care provider about getting a disabled permit to park in handicapped zones.

How Should A Cane Fit?

When you are standing upright with your elbow bent a little (about 30°), the top of the cane should meet your wrist joint.

How Do I Use A Cane?

  • Walking: Hold the cane in the hand opposite the broken bone injury or weakness (for example, you would hold the cane in your right hand if your left leg is the injured leg). Keep your elbow close to your body and your hand near your hip. Your hand should not move forward or out to the side; you should just pivot the wrist joint. Move the cane forward as you step forward with the bad leg. When weight is placed on the bad leg the cane will give support from the opposite side. Step past the cane with the good foot.
  • Going Up And Down Stairs: When you are going upstairs, lead with the good leg ("up with the good"). Then bring the bad leg and cane up the step. When you go down stairs, the cane and bad leg go first ("down with the bad").
  • Getting Up From A Chair: When getting out of a chair slide the foot of your bad leg forward a little, push out of the chair using the hand on the weak or injured side and stand with your weight on the good leg. Use the cane to support your weight over the bad leg.

Safety Tips

  • Wear sturdy, low-heeled shoes with non-skid soles to help prevent falls. Avoid wet floors and sidewalks that are slippery.
  • Remove throw rugs from your path and watch for electrical and telephone cords that may cause falls. Crutches need solid, smooth surfaces to keep you safe and stable.
  • Keep your free hand on the railing when you go up or down stairs.
  • Avoid revolving doors and escalators.
  • Slow down and take extra time to stay safe.

Last updated 23 April 2004