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How Tall Should Your Walking Stick Be?

9 CommentsTuesday, 2 November 2021  |  Alex

If you require a walking stick, it is very important to ensure that you have the right height of stick to ensure that you're not putting your body through any undue stress or strain. One question that we hear a lot at WalkingSticks.co.uk is "How Tall Should My Walking Stick Be?" and we've created this guide to make sure that everyone can find their ideal stick.

What Is Covered In This Guide?


Measuring Yourself for a Stick

If you need a stick for day-to-day mobility support, it is simple to measure yourself to find the perfect length. Please see the steps below for an indication of how to measure yourself:

Walking Stick measurement image

  • Step One: Stand upright with your arms relaxed by your side.
  • Step Two: Using a tape measure, measure the distance from the bony part of your wrist to the floor. Please see the diagram for an indication of this measurement.
  • Top Tip: We recommend measuring your height with your shoes on, as the majority of people use their walking aids primarily outside of the home. If this is not the case, measure yourself without shoes.

Quick Guide to Finding Your Ideal Stick Length

While we recommend measuring yourself to find the best length of sticks for your need, we understand that this may not always be practical or possible, especially if you are buying a stick as a gift for a loved one.

To help out, we've made a quick guide to walking stick heights – simply match the height of the user to the table below for a rough indication of the perfect length. Please note that sticks do not have to be 100% precise in order to be used comfortably.

Height Walking Stick Length
5'0" (152cm) 23 - 24" (58 - 61cm)
5'1" (155cm) 24 - 25" (61 - 64cm)
5'2" (157cm) 25 - 26" (64 - 66cm)
5'3" (160cm) 26 - 27" (66 - 69cm)
5'4" (163cm) 27 - 28" (69 - 71cm)
5'5" (165cm) 28 - 29" (71 - 74cm)
5'6" (168cm) 29 - 30" (74 - 76cm)
5'7" (170cm) 30 - 31" (76 - 79cm)
5'8" (173cm) 31 - 32" (79 - 81cm)
5'9" (175cm) 32 - 33" (81 - 84cm)
5'10" (178cm) 33 - 34" (84 - 86cm)
5'11" (180cm) 34 - 35" (86 - 89cm)
6'0" (183cm) 35 - 36" (89 - 91cm)
6'1" (185cm) 36 - 37" (91 - 94cm)
6'2" (188cm) 37 - 38" (94 - 97cm)
6'3" (191cm) 38 - 39" (97 - 99cm)

Please note that these measurements are not exact and are an indication of handle height only. If you would prefer a more specific size, we would recommend measuring yourself as outlined above.


How to Find the Right Length on WalkingSticks.co.uk

Once you know what length of walking stick you require, you might worry that finding the right size is like finding a needle in a haystack. Fortunately, we have strived to make it as easy as possible to find the size that you want.

In each category on the left hand side of the page, there is a section that allows you to filter the products within that category. Please see the image below for more details.

WalkingSticks.co.uk Refine Block

If you click on the cross on the right-hand side of the "Height", this will open a menu with the available heights. Simply tick the box of the height that you are looking for and the category will filter itself to show you the relevant products.

WalkingSticks.co.uk Refine Block with Height Open

You can even use the refine feature to look for specific types or styles of walking stick within your specified height, making it easier than ever to find a stick that's the right size with a design that matches your style.


Can Sticks Be Adjusted from the Stated Height?

We offer a wide selection of Height-Adjustable Walking Sticks that are perfect for people that are unsure about how long their walking stick needs to be. By offering a height range, you can make adjust the length of your stick to find a level that suits your needs.

For sticks that are not specified as being adjustable, we recommend choosing a size that closely suits your measurements. With some wooden sticks, it is possible to cut down the stick if it is too long, but this is not a service that we offer and any modifications are done at the owner's risk.


Are Sticks Available in Heights Other than Those Listed?

For some of our range, it is possible to specify the height that you would like to order. These sticks will have a drop-down menu above the add to basket with the available lengths listed (see below for an example).

Product with drop-down menu for height

Unfortunately, for sticks without this sizing drop-down, there is not a possibility to change the size of the product before placing your order.


How Tall Should a Hiking Stick Be?

Hiking sticks come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and we generally recommend you use a hiking stick with your elbow at a 90° angle from your body. It's a bit less of an exact science compared to standard cane sizing, but here's a rough guide on how to choose a hiking stick height:

  • Thumbsticks (like the Hazel Thumbstick Hiking Stick) - The thumb notch should be roughly in line with your elbow when your arms are at your side
  • Trekking Poles (like the Black Folding Hiking Pole) - Follow the same height suggestion as walking sticks
  • Hiking Staffs (like the Chestnut Hiking Staff) - You'll normally grip it at elbow height, but many users prefer some extra length for flexibility

What Does the Height Mean When Buying a Crutch or Rollator?

For certain items, such as crutches, it can be difficult to tell whether the height refers to the height of the product altogether or the height of just the handle. To keep things as consistent as possible, we list the heights of the handles, meaning that you can still use the above information when looking for a crutch, rollator or walker.


Hopefully, this guide will have made it a lot clearer how to find your perfect height of stick and how to choose a stick of that height. If you still have any questions or concerns, or you have any tips on finding the right stick, please get in touch below or on Twitter.


John Brewin
Monday, 4 May 2020  |  14:55

This has been my first adventure into the world of walking sticks and your site has been very informative. Still not precisely sure of measuring the length. Should I measure from the middle of the bump of my wristbone i.e the highest point, or measure from the lower position right at the end of the bone. I know it's only a smallish difference - maybe half an inch - but I want to do the best I can to get it right.
Kind regards John Brewin


Eugene
Monday, 15 June 2020  |  16:23

Hi John,

We're glad you've been enjoying the site!

While this difference would indeed be quite small, and either measurement would provide you with a comfortable stick height, we would recommend measuring from the bottom point of the bone.

The purpose of this measurement is to ensure that your stick's height measures up to where your palm would be when bent to hold the handle, so the bottom point of the bone would be fractionally more correct.

I hope this answers your question. Please contact us if there is anything else you'd like to know.

Kind regards,

Eugene at WalkingSticks.co.uk


Dorothy Haywood
Sunday, 17 January 2021  |  10:33

I'm happy with the stick but have a job to lock it on to the height I need..


Paul O'donnell
Tuesday, 20 April 2021  |  17:47

My dad is 5 foot 7inches, i orderd a 34inch stick, will this suffice?


Eugene
Thursday, 8 July 2021  |  16:46

Hi Paul,

Apologies for the late reply.

That seems a little bit on the short side, but it's difficult to give an exact sizing measurement based on the user's height alone. To get an exact measurement, you'll need to measure from the crease of your father's wrist to the floor.

Please let us know if there's anything else we can help with!

Kind regards,

Eugene at WalkingSticks.co.uk


James Gillin
Saturday, 9 October 2021  |  5:11

That is ok if you are looking for a "cane". But the best results for a walking stick is something that your entire weight with both hands can rely on. Measure with your hand on your chest, between your middle and ring finger to the ground. This is best for a "walking stick". You are less likely to depend on the stick and more likely to depend on you feet unless you need the stick. Then it will be there for support only, not dependence. People that use walking sticks rarely need the dependence of a cane. It is more for moral support in the event you need it rather false dependence.


Maureen Moore
Wednesday, 26 January 2022  |  14:41

Hi. I'm 5ft tall and would like to buy a folding hiking stick. I'm a little puzzled by the sizes stated for the short grey folding trekking pole - Height: Adjustable from 98cm to 108cm (38.5" - 42.5") -and the advice above to measure as for a walking stick. This seems to suggest I would need to be over 6ft for this hiking stick. Obviously I'm reading something wrong. Please could you advise if this would be suitable for my height. Thank you.


Elaine Cartwright
Saturday, 19 March 2022  |  16:31

I need a walking stick I can lean on heavily. What do you suggest?


Elaine Cartwright
Monday, 28 March 2022  |  18:03

I need a walking stick I can lead on heavily what do you suggest?