How To Walk With A Walking Stick
Walking sticks are valuable assistive devices that can help you walk safely when you’re dealing with concerns such as pain, injury, or weakness. They are helpful for people who have walking abnormalities, are at risk of falling, or that have concerns with balance, pain, or weakness, especially in the hips, knees, or feet. You may use a cane for everyday life or while you’re recovering from surgery or a stroke or to simply go about your daily activities efficiently. For many people, a walking stick makes it possible to live independently and remain active and mobile.
Tips For Using a Walking Stick
When you are first learning to use your walking aid, you may wish to have a friend or family member nearby to help steady you and provide support. In the beginning, everything you do may seem more difficult. With just a few tips and a little practice, though, most people can quickly gain confidence and learn how to use a walking aid safely.
Your walking stick always goes in the hand on the opposite side to the problem area if you have one.
Ensure you measure the stick height required with your normal everyday shoes on.
Standing with your arm by your side, the top of the handle of the walking stick should come to the same level as the crease of your wrist.
Check the rubber stopper at the bottom of the stick is new, with a non-damaged, intact anti slip pad
You can purchase an aid with a specially shaped handle if you struggle with wrist or hand problems.
Make Your Home Safer
Making some simple safety adjustments to your home can help prevent slips and falls when using your walking aid:
Remove throw rugs, electrical cords and anything else that may cause you to trip.
Arrange furniture so that you have a clear pathway between rooms.
Keep stairs clear of packages, boxes, or clutter.
Walk only in well-lit rooms and install a nightlight along the route between your bedroom and the bathroom.
Organise your household to keep the items you need within easy reach and everything else clear out of the way.
Carry things hands-free by using a backpack, cross body bag, or an apron with pockets.
Purchase mobility aids for safety when going about your day-to-day life.
Using the stairs with a walking stick:
Going up the stairs:
To climb the stairs safely with a walking stick, hold onto the handrail and move your stronger leg onto the first step. Once you have moved onto your stronger leg, advance your weak leg onto the same step the opposite leg is on. Make sure to always use the handrail for support. If there is no handrail, place your walking stick on the next step whilst moving your weaker leg.
Going down the stairs:
To climb down the stairs, move your weaker leg down first, whilst supporting yourself with the handrail. Then, move the strong leg down to the same step. If there is no handrail to support yourself with, place your walking stick on the lower step whilst moving your stronger leg.
For greater support, we recommend using a walking frame.