There is an important difference between a stick to use as a disability cane and a stick for decorative purposes. Some of our dress and collector’s canes are only for decorative use and they are clearly marked as so on the website.
The main difference of course is the handle. An anotomical handle that fits the shape of the palm of the hand is considerably more reliable than a cane with an animal head resin handle.
The other difference is the ease of balance. Consider the quad cane. It can stand alone on its four feet and has a special shape which distributes the body weight directly over the shaft. The soft grip handle finishes the stick off to be a very reliable and dependable stick.
Another consideration is the supported weight limited. All of our sticks are tested to a weight of 15 stone. We do have a bariatric range of heavy duty sticks supporting users who weigh up to 19 stone. We will be adding some more extra strong and extra long canes to the website shortly.
If you are looking to buy a walking stick for yourself or for someone else who needs it as a mobility aid, then it is best to consult your physiotherapist or doctor as to the best cane to buy.
You may be thinking “who buys a walking stick if its not to help them walk?” Well, there are lots of other uses and reasons for buying a stick,
such as; accessories for outfits for special occasions, theatre productions, hiking and rambling, outdoor pusuits, collecting, fishing,
self-defence, seat sticks for a handy portable chair, sticks for the blind, weddings and funerals, and for farming.
Sticks for disability
Walking with a stick
If a walking stick is being used as an assistive aid for someone with a poorly leg the following advice applies:
Walk in a normal/your usual manner, placing the walking stick on the ground at the same time as the affected leg. The stick should normally
be held in the hand opposite to the affected leg.
Getting the correct length stick
It is important to use a stick at the correct height for you. When the stick is at the correct length, the user should be able to maintain an upright
posture with the elbow slightly flexed. When this position is acheived it means that the body weight is distributed through the stick when the
user pushes down on the stick to walk along.
To determine the correct length, stand up straight with your arms flat to your sides and measure the length from your wrist to the ground. If two walking canes are being used, the lengths will need to be longer as the sticks will be held out in front of the body.
General safety when using a walking stick
Again, not all of the sticks we supply are suitable as mobility aids, some are for collectors or for decorative use but the ones that are suitable, like the anatomical, quad, offset and some of the Derby canes should be used in the following ways to avoid accidents:
1. Use a chair with a high seat and high arms to assist you in sitting down and standing up with ease.
2. Remove obstacles on the floors of your home such as loose rugs, draught excluders etc.
3. Make sure there is good lighting in darker places like hallways, landings and stairways.
4. Wear flat supportive shoes rather than slippery slippers.
5. Avoid wet floors
6. Take care on pavements. Hazards such as ice, snow, mud, wet leaves and uneven paving slabs can all cause slips and falls.
7. Take care when carrying things such as bags
8. Check your walking cane and the ferrule for wear and tear regularly to ensure they are in the best condition. Ferrules can wear out quite quickly and will need to be replaced.