What Is the Difference Between a Cane and a Walking Stick?
Friday, 3 January 2020 | Olivia
"Walking stick" and "walking cane" are often used interchangeably, and in some contexts they may mean the same thing. However there are also many situations in which they have distinct meanings, which it can be important to be clear on.
What's the Difference Between a Cane and a Walking Stick?
There are several common distinctions between canes and walking sticks. Essentially a cane refers to a mobility aid, whereas a walking stick is for more recreational purposes. The table below shows some further details.
Can I Use a Walking Stick Instead of a Cane?
If you need everyday support while walking then you need to use a cane. They are made out of strong materials so that even if you put your full weight on them they will not break, and they are specially designed not to put undue stress on the body. If you are looking for something to assist you while hiking, or add a final touch to your outfit, then you can use a walking stick.
Right-Handed Adjustable Relax-Grip Marbled Cream Orthopaedic Walking Cane
The Right-Handed Adjustable Relax-Grip Marbled Cream Orthopaedic Walking Cane is a perfect example of a mobility aid, with a lightweight aluminium shaft and a relax-grip handle. The handle spreads your weight, meaning that it does not grow uncomfortable to hold over long periods of time. The height can be adjusted to ensure that you're holding it at exactly the right height.
Height-Adjustable Offset Purple Cane
The Height-Adjustable Offset Purple Cane features a swan-neck handle, especially designed to take the weight off your wrists and make it easy to rest on your cane for long periods of time. The offset neck centres your weight over the stick, making it easier to get the support you need.
Brown Hare Hardwood Cane
The Brown Hare Hardwood Cane is a beautiful piece of workmanship, ideal for collectors or to be used as an accessory on formal occasions. The hare's head would make this stick uncomfortable to use as a mobility aid, however it also provides a unique flourish to this classic walking stick.
Natural Chestnut Thumbstick
The Natural Chestnut Thumbstick is ideal for rambling and trekking. The handy thumb groove improves grip over short periods of time, and the metal ferrule improves stability in outdoor terrain. The stick has been harvested from sustainable forests, and only the highest quality woods.
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