Walking sticks have come a long way. Since way back in the days. Their use has changed to more than just medical reasons and being used by old people. In this world of today, there are so many different kinds of walking canes used for many different purposes. The following are some things to look out for when in search of a walking cane.
Identify one that suits you. Measure your height when putting on walking shoes and standing upright. Consider your height from your wrist downwards, this is the length of the walking stick you should purchase. You can also use your current stick if you are using one. Whatever purpose you intend to use the walking stick, the measurements remain the same through and through.
Research appropriately. There is a ton of information online on walking sticks. Reviews will give you a good idea about a certain walking stick you are considering to buy. There are so many varieties to choose from you will be spoilt for choice, but if you are getting one because of medical reasons, you will have one that the doctor has asked you to buy. If for luxury and cosmetic purposes, then the online market is your oyster and you can weigh and evaluate based on what catches your eye.
Cane handle is the next thing to think about. Cane handle also comes in different sizes. What is the require for this cane handle?,if it is for medical purposes, follow the prescription given be the doctor. Contoured, offset, fritz, derby are the different kind of handles in the market for cosmetic purposes. Ergonomic is popular because it is designed to reduce pain even after prolonged use.
The part of the stick that easily gets worn out is the tip. The tip generally gives the cane stability as it connects to the ground during use. Different tips on the walking stick defines the grip you get on the floor. A rubber tip is highly advocated as they are more stable.
Consider also what material the walking stick is made of. Across the world you will find canes made of either metal, wood or carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is the best because it is light and long lasting and can therefore be used meticulously.
The design of the cane is just as important. A standard cane made only for stability, has but one tip. There is also the quad cane and seat cane in this category, the seat cane is popular because they are compact and very practical.