A walking stick or also called walking aid or sometimes even a cane is used as assistance for you after you had surgery. It is usually given to those who just had a leg injury which will take months or years to recover.
There are a lot of canes that you can use depending on your condition. It can be a single point, multiple point, folding, and crook, among others. You even have the option to choose the handle of your walking aid. You can choose from offset, Fritz, and t-handle.
But those are not the only ones you should look out for. Checking the walking stick length is a must if you are planning to buy one for you. To help you with that, continue reading this article.
Getting the right size for you walking stick
Making sure that the height of your walking stick matches your body height is important to prevent having back pain and other disorders. Also, another crucial factor that you need to remember is that your walking stick is designed to help you keep your balance and assist your walking so you have to be sure that its height is not that high or low.
Lucky for you, there are different ways for you to measure the height of your walking stick. Here are some notes you need to keep in mind:
- The first thing that you should take note is that the stick you are going to buy will make your elbow slightly bent when you hold it. Ideally, the bend should be around 15 to 30 degrees.
- You should wear your walking shoes when you check the size of the walking aid to get your right body height.
- Make sure that you stand properly when choosing your walking stick. Do not slouch to get the right height.
- You need to measure the distance of your wrist joint to the floor. Ask help from someone you know.
- You can also remove the cane tip to actually see the height of your walking stick. This way, you can really estimate if it fits your height.
- Others might suggest that checking your height is not that important. Instead, you need to be sure that the distance of your hand and the ground are right. Otherwise, you will not get your desired result.
- If this is not the first time that you will have a walking stick, you can simply bring your stick with you to see if it will match with your new stick. This is the easiest way you can choose the perfect walking aid for you.
- In the event that you are not around and you have no choice but ask someone to find a crane for you, be sure that he or she will measure half your height. To do this, your friend or a family member need to convert your height to inches. Then, add an inch to the result of the computation for him or her to get your estimated half-height.
Estimated cane lengths
Here is the estimated length of the cane depending on your height:
- 30 in/76 cm cane length – for those with a height of 4’11” to 5’2”
- 32 in/81 cm cane length – for those with a height of 5’3” to 5’6”
- 34 in/86 cm cane length – for those with a height of 5’7” to 5’10”
- 36 in/91 cm cane length – for those with a height of 5’11” to 6’2”
TAKE NOTE: This is only an estimate and should be used as a reference. You still need to check the height of the cane itself to buy the perfect one.
Cutting your walking stick
In the event that you got the wrong cane length, you have the option to cut it yourself. Aside from buying a new one, of course. You can do the following:
- Get the right size for your height. This way, you will not make another mistake in having the required length for walking aid. Remember, it is harder to have a short stick than a long one because you cannot adjust the size of your walking aid once it is short for you.
- Measure the distance between the handle and the floor. Be sure that the distance is the same with the difference between your hand and the floor.
- Once you get the right size, you can cut the walking aid using tooth blade or hacksaw. Be sure that the cut will have a flat angle.
- Replace the rubber tip found on your stick. Make sure that it is securely placed before using the stick.
Tips in using the cane
Once everything is all set, you can now start using your cane. Be wary, though, it is not easy especially if this is your first time using a walking aid. You need to be sure that you are using the crane right otherwise your condition will not get better.
Below are some tips that you can use:
- The first step that you will take should be using the strong leg. Put the stick forward, followed by the good leg, then the injured leg.
- If your condition requires you to use two sticks, then put the first stick forward, then the injured leg, followed by the remaining stick and leg.
- The same step goes when you are planning to use the stairs. However, be sure that your doctor allowed you to walk the stairs before doing so. There are instances when you think your legs can already manage that pressure and weight instead the condition gets even worse. So if you wish to use the stairs, consult with your doctor first.
All in all, getting the right walking aid length can be tricky if you do not know what factors to check. The tendency if having the wrong length is high if you are buying alone. So always remember the abovementioned tips and go with your friend or family member when buying a walking aid.