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A Quick Guide to Walking Sticks

A Quick Guide to Walking Sticks

A Quick Guide to Walking Sticks

If you feel insecure when you walk, experience weakness or pain, or have had a fall, then you may be considering getting a walking aid. Using a walking stick allows you to stay active and keep doing the activities that you enjoy without fear of falling.

Did You Know?

  • 53% of all disabilities in working age adults in the UK are related to mobility
  • £2.3 billion a year is spent by the NHS dealing with accidents caused by falls
  • 10% of load is reduced on the knees when you use a walking stick

Choosing the Correct Height

  • Handle: The handle should be parallel to where your wrist lies
  • Arms: Keep your arms relaxed and elbow bent at a natural angle
  • Shoes: Make sure you are wearing your regular shoes
  • Measure: Ask someone to measure from your wrist to the floo

Why Do You Need It?

  • Recovering from injury: For short-term injuries, it may be best to use a crutch
  • Full-Time Use: For long-term mobility problems, it's best to look into a cane

Types of Walking Sticks


  • Wooden: the most traditional and elegant type. Can easily be cut to the correct height for the user.
  • Metal: Stronger than wood, available as fixed height or height-adjustable.
  • Carbon Fibre: Extremely strong, and can be either cut down to the correct height or height-adjustable.

Handle Type

  • Painful Hands: Help spread pressure evenly across the palm for greater comfort (such as right-angled and Fischer)
  • Even Weight Distribution: Provide stability allowing for the weight to be evenly distributed (such as thumbstick or knob)
  • Easy to Put Aside: Can easily be hooked over your arm or chair when not in use (such as crook or Derby)

Things to Consider

  • Folding: Stores away easily in bags for those who only occasionally need a walking aid.
  • Telescopic: Allows height adjustment as needs change over time or for use by multiple people.
  • Ferrules: A rubber base ensures a good grip as you walk and doesn't make as much noise as metal.