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How to Use a Cane Correctly

By January 29, 2005

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Canes are often used to assist in balance, widen ones base of support, and decrease weight bearing on a lower extremity. In order to achieve these functions, however, one must know how to properly use a cane. Review the appropriate way to walk safely with a cane on level surfaces.
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June 30, 2006 at 12:16 am
(1) E.Lynch says:

Thank you for this information. My doc wouldn’t prescribe a cane for me but I know I needed one. I got 1 but felt awkward using it. I now know, through reading your advise that I was using it incorrectly. Thanks again for being there for the people who need questions answered.

July 2, 2008 at 12:23 pm
(2) dolores says:

i need a cane, due to severe arthritis in my right knee, so the dr ordered one, i have it, and am having a heck of a time learning to use it. – it doesn’t feel right using it on the left side, like the directions tell me too, but i don’t want to hurt myself by using it on the right side — argh!

May 31, 2009 at 2:10 pm
(3) Rita Gahles says:

Is the good leg used with the cane and the bad leg follows it. Some pts seem to think the cane is to stablize the bad leg.Explain what foot first Thanks R

September 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm
(4) devon says:

i have to have constant use of a cane but my doctor told me there is no proper way to use a cane. you’re instructions are correct if you want to achieve balance. I limp in my right leg causing me constant back and leg pain. I find that if i support my right leg with the cane i achieve as much balance as if the cane were acting as my right leg (and also confirmed by my doctor.) so don’t feel bad to use it either way

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