Using Canes and WalkersFriday, December 09, 2011
In the beginning, using a cane or a walker may seem difficult. But, with a few tips and some practice, you will gain confidence and learn to use your walking aid safely. Dr. Edward Hill discusses use of canes and walkers in todays 60 Second Housecall.
If you have pain or weakness on one side of your body that makes it hard to walk or balance, a cane may be helpful. If you have poor balance or feel unsteady on your feet, a walker may give you more support.
The top of your cane or walker should be at the level of your wrist when you are standing with your arms relaxed at your sides. Your cane should be held in the hand opposite to a weak or painful hip, knee or leg. The cane should be moved at the same time as your affected leg.
When using a walker, both feet should stay between the walkers back legs or wheels. With a cane or walker, try to stand upright without leaning forward or to the side. Do not lift the walker off the ground while turning.
Physical therapy may help if you need to work on your muscle strength, walking and balance. A physical therapist can also help you use your cane or walker correctly.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.