Cane Use

The purpose of using a cane is to make you more stable, reduce pain, and to ease the pull of certain muscle groups.

HOW LONG SHOULD MY CANE BE?

  • When standing upright, keep your arm completely relaxed at your side.

  • The top of your cane should come to your wrist joint.

  • The length of the cane is adjustable.

HOW DO I WALK WITH A CANE?

  • The cane should be placed in the hand opposite of the injured or bad side.

  • Move the cane with the weak foot at all times.

  • Put as much weight on the cane as necessary to make walking comfortable, stable and smooth.

  • Stand tall with good posture and look ahead, not down at your feet.

HOW DO I GO UP STEPS WITH A CANE? ("UP WITH THE GOOD")

  • Lead with your good foot.

  • Move the cane and the weak foot up the step at the same time. Continue this, one step at a time.

HOW DO I GO DOWN STEPS WITH A CANE? ("DOWN WITH THE BAD")

  • Lead with the cane and your weak foot.

  • Bring your good foot down to the same step. Continue going down the steps one step at a time.

  • Always use the railing with your free hand.