How To Walk With a Cane (part 2)
I had a comment on my original post on how to walk with a cane there was not enough information. I am always willing to take on board constructive criticism so here is the second part of how to walk with a cane.
In part 1 I gave the research behind walking with the cane on the opposite side to your bad leg. In this I have found excellent instructions on how to walk with a cane from OrthoInfo so rather than reinventing the wheel here they are:
How to Walk With a Cane
“You may find it helpful to use a cane if you have a small problem with balance or instability, some weakness in your leg or trunk, an injury, or pain. If you are elderly, a single point cane may also help you to keep living independently.
The top of your cane should reach to the crease in your wrist when you stand up straight. Your elbow should bend a bit when you hold your cane. Hold the cane in the hand opposite the side that needs support.
When you walk, the cane and your injured leg swing and strike the ground at the same time. To start, position your cane about one small stride ahead and step off on your injured leg. Finish the step with your normal leg.
To climb stairs, grasp the handrail (if possible) and step up on your good leg first, with your cane in the hand opposite the injured leg. Then step up on the injured leg. To come down stairs, put your cane on the step first, then your injured leg, and finally the good leg, which carries your body weight.”
These instructions on how to walk with a cane are well explained and in simple terms which, less face it, is not always that case! So I hope that helps anyone who doesn’t now how to walk with a cane when they have osteoarthritis.