A walking stick or walking cane is used primarily to aid walking, provide postural stability or support, or assist in maintaining a good posture, and they can also be used as a fashion accessory or for self-defense.  

The most obvious reason for carrying a walking cane is stability. It can ease stress on your joints.

Below are five more tips on how to use a cane correctly.

  1. 10% (+/- 2.5%) of body weight support through the cane should be reached when walking. https://ncountersonline.com/force-cane
  2. Placement of the cane on the ground should be at least one shoulder width apart and in line with the affected foot.
  3. A neutral wrist position that is midway between flexion and extension.
  4. Motion of the arms and shoulders (upper limb girdle) should be limited. No hunching of the shoulders or pushing of the shoulders / scapula backwards or forwards.
  5. Avoid taking wide or narrow (tandem) steps.

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Peter Barrett

Peter Barrett


Peter designs and builds biofeedback products for gait and movement in the orthopaedic and stroke rehabilitation spaces. These devices are programmed for ease of use with built in help touch screens. In all cases data is transferred wirelessly to ensure patient safety.They can store and display data in real time so as to monitor the patient’s overall progress.

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