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What is the function of a walking cane?
Walking with a cane
2) Using stairs: Stairs are tricky and special caution is advised. If a cane is used in climbing stairs, the leg next to the cane usually leads and then the can and opposing leg proceed up the step. If a can is used in going down stairs, the step down is usually first made with the cane and the opposing leg, then the other leg follows down the step. For safety’s sake, always keep the free hand on the railing when going up or down stairs that have a railing.
3) Using a chair: If a cane is used in sitting, a turn around is made at the chair or sofa so that the chair or sofa is behind, then hands are placed on the chair arms or on an arm of the sofa. The upper body is bent forward to slowly lower into the chair. If a cane is used in getting up from a chair or sofa, the foot opposing the cane side is moved forward a few inches and the chair or sofa is pushed by the hand on the same side. As the hand is pushed, weight is shifted to the leg of the cane side and the cane assists to support on rising.
*These three tips provide suggestions for use of a walking cane that may or may not apply in your particular instance. FoldingSticks.com is not a medical or healthcare professional, and the suggestions here are not and should not be considered as medical or health advice. You should consult your medical or healthcare professional to determine if a walking cane is appropriate for you and whether the foregoing suggestions would apply to your use. Your medical or healthcare professional should also size your cane prior to your purchase and use. Walking canes must be properly fitted for each individual and use. FoldingSticks.com is not responsible for, and disclaims all nature of liability or obligation whatsoever as to, sizing and use of our products. FoldingSticks.com is not responsible or obligated for injuries or damage resulting from the sizing or use of our products.
Are your folding canes adjustable?
How do I find the right length for my adjustable folding cane?
*These instructions are intended to be only a general guide. FoldingSticks.com is not a medical or healthcare professional, and these instructions are not and should not be considered as medical or health advice. You should consult your medical or healthcare professional to determine if a walking cane is appropriate for you and whether the foregoing suggestions would apply to your use. Your medical or healthcare professional should also size your cane prior to your purchase and use. The adjustable folding canes could assist in balance and stability only, but they cannot and are not intended to support the full weight of any person. FoldingSticks.com is not responsible for, and disclaims all nature of liability or obligation whatsoever as to, sizing and use of our products. FoldingSticks.com is not responsible or obligated for injuries or damage resulting from the sizing or use of our products. FoldingSticks.com makes no representations or warranties, and bears no responsibility, for or as to these folding canes or their functionality.
How do I find the right grip and handle for me?
The Derby Handle is the most popular handle on the market today. Designed to provide maximum comfort, Derby Handle canes may be a good choice for people who seek support. These handles, somewhat centered over the shaft, may better distribute weight over the shaft. Derby Handle canes can be used in either hand.
Designed in the 16th century by a member of the German nobility, the Fritz Handle was created to provide the most comfort for people who desire a hand fitted handle. Some users with arthritis have found this handle to be most suitable. Walking canes featuring Fritz Handles may be used in either hand.
Palm Handles are ergonomically designed to fit the contours of the individual user’s hand. Some find that walking canes with Palm Handles offer top comfort and support without need to maintain a tight grip. These could be a good option for arthritis sufferers. Canes featuring Palm Handles are available for the right hand or the left hand.
I’d like to buy a cane for someone. What size should I get?
Where are your canes produced?
Why is there a wrist strap on the Mini-Folding Adjustable Canes?
What do the rubber tips do?
I am about to travel on an airplane -- will they take my cane away?
How do I improve the longevity of my cane?
Once in a while it will be necessary to clean your cane. Simply use soap and warm water. Chemical cleaners may leave a slippery residue, which can affect the grip on the cane, or may cause outright damage.
Cane Anatomy 101
Walking canes have four simple parts: handle, collar, shaft and the tip.
History of Canes
Since the time of the “Biped Revolution,” humans have needed support for walking, and nice, sturdy and straight pieces of wood became the most popular choice. Walking sticks became an important aid to shepherds and travelers. They became weapons (just ask Charles Sumner, famously caned by Preston Brooks in the United States Senate in 1856), or symbols of authority (Bishop’s Croft, anyone) and eventually they became an important accessory of a gentleman’s wardrobe.
Though mankind’s need for support and assistance while walking stretches far back into primordial time, the term “walking cane” is a relatively new invention, coming into existence in the 16th century, when walking sticks began to be made from the jointed stems of exotic materials, such as bamboo, rattan and - cane.
For nearly 250 years, stretching from the late 17th century to the early 20th century, high quality walking canes became an essential accessory for any gentleman who deemed himself fashionable. The cane he used offered a symbol for his status in society and the size of his purse. A gentleman walking with a cane made from good hard wood with a silver or gold handle was certainly someone worth knowing. Then there were the eccentric gentlemen who used canes made from animal vertebra, glass or dried animal skin or the sexual organ of a male Bison.
In the 20th century, the umbrella, with a curved handle, replaced the cane as a popular accessory (though it could be argued that the umbrella’s very shape enables it to be used as a cane), or a walking stick is now used only accompanied by formal wear.
In the 21st century, walking canes continue to be used for their function and collected for their beauty. Some of the most popular collectors’ canes hide purposes other than merely providing support, such as concealing a blade, pool cue or liquor (canes containing flasks of alcohol were known as “tipplers”).
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