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Can You Say Yes to these Questions?

Did you know there are many different types and colours on the market now? Metal, wooden, even folding ones. You can also choose a handle to suit you and help provide a more comfortable grip.

COULD YOU ANSWER "YES" TO ALL THE QUESTIONS?
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Useful Tips to Help You Decide

Adjusting the Length
When the stick is the correct length, the user should be able to maintain an upright position with the elbow slightly bent (approximately 30 degree angle). In this way body weight is taken through the stick when walking.

  • It is important that a walking stick is the correct length, so get someone to help you check and, if necessary, alter it.
  • Remove the rubber end cap (ferrule).
  • Turn the stick upside down and place handle on the floor.
  • Hold your arm by the side of your body in a slightly bent position at the elbow (approximately 30 degree angle).
  • Get your helper to mark the stick at the level of the crease at the front of your wrist joint.
  • Cut off the excess length of the stick and replace the ferrule.

Walking with a Stick
Walk placing the stick on the ground at the same time as the affected leg. Remember the stick should normally be held in the hand opposite the affected leg. Sticks should be used with the handle facing backwards. One finger down the front of a rounded stick top will Increase the stability of the wrist when using the stick.

Chairs - Getting Up
The stick should be near the arm of the chair. Move to the front of the chair with one foot slightly in front of the other. Lean your upper body forward and, with your hands on the chair arms, push down and stand up. Steady yourself, reach for the stick and you are ready to go.

Chairs - Sitting Down
When returning to the chair, turn around, feel the chair behind one leg, rest the stick in a convenient place, place your hands gently on the chair arms, bend forward and gently lower pushing your hips well back into the chair.

Stairs
Hold onto a handrail if possible. The stick goes on the same step as the affected leg. The unaffected leg should lead going up the stairs and the affected legs should lead when coming down.