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How Tall Should Your Walking Stick Be?

6 CommentsThursday, 2 November 2017  |  Admin

Studies have shown that even experienced users are sometimes not aware of the fact that their walking stick is not the ideal size. One of the most common misconceptions is that walking stick heights are determined by the overall height of the user, but the truth is that what you really need to consider when determining the ideal height for your stick is the distance from your hand to the floor.

With such a broad choice of gorgeously designed walking sticks, it's easy to assume taller people need a taller model and can simply grab one that they fancy the most. While this is acceptable if you are purchasing a stick solely as a fashion accessory and do not intend to use it for any kind of support, finding the right size for your height is crucial for your well-being when you are getting a cane you will use to lean on.

So if you are a walking stick novice, or if you are currently using a stick that doesn't seem to suit you best, take the time and follow our simple guide for choosing the correct height of your next walking stick.

Does Size Really Matter?

Though the differences in size can sometimes be no more than a few inches, using a walking stick of correct size can have a huge impact on your general well-being. Using a cane that's not the right size for your stature can leave you in risk of muscle pain (particularly back pain), balance issues and increased possibility of trips and falls.

How Do I Measure for a Walking Stick?

First of all, determining the correct height for a walking stick is a two-person job, so make sure you have a friend who is willing to lend a helping hand when you decide to shop for a new stick. You can measure with or without a walking stick; read on to find out how to do it either way.

Measuring With a Walking Stick

When measuring with the help of an existing walking stick, you should stand upright in the type of shoes you normally wear, with your hands hanging naturally by their sides. Your assistant should turn the walking stick upside down, so that the handle is resting on the floor.

The assistant should then position the stick next to you and make a small mark on the shaft of the stick level with the bump at the bottom of the wrist bone. That marks the correct size of your walking stick.

Stick Measurement

Measuring Without a Walking Stick

While measuring with the help of a stick is easier, this is obviously not an option when your are shopping for your very first walking stick. In this case, stand up as you would when measuring with a walking stick and have your assistant measure the distance from the wrist bone to the floor.

Height Adjustable Walking Sticks

Height adjustable walking sticks are a great solution if you are new to the world of walking sticks and not entirely sure of your ability to correctly measure for the ideal size without any prior experience. While you still need a rough estimate of your required walking stick size, an adjustable stick allows you to change the height even after you start using it, which is great if you are purchasing your first walking stick through the internet. Here at we store a broad range of Height Adjustable Walking Sticks that come in various height ranges, colours, patterns and handle styles.

Have any questions, or something to add? You can contact our Customer Care Team at 020 7501 0591, or leave us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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

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

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?

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

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.