How To Use a Walking Stick
Thursday, 2 January 2020 | Olivia
Although many people keep walking sticks as collectables or as fashion accessories, their predominant use is as mobility aids. In order to reduce strain, it is important to make sure you are using your walking stick the correct way.
Which Side Do You Use A Walking Stick?
Your walking stick should stay on your stronger side, so if you have a weak right leg you should hold the stick in your left hand and visa versa. This may be counter-intuitive, however the purpose of the stick is to help support your weaker leg while you step forward on your stronger one.
How To Walk with a Stick?
Walking with a stick can be cumbersome at first, but as soon as you've got the knack you'll find your progress fast and smooth.
There are some further tips to bear in mind:
How Do You Use A Walking Stick For Hip Pain?
Hip pain is a distracting, distressing and limiting condition to suffer from. The instructions listed above for walking with a cane are also relevant for using a walking stick for hip pain. However, as hip pain often causes loss of balance, it is additionally advisable to purchase a sound, solid rubber ferrule to aid your grip.