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May 16, 2014

The cane

How to adjust and use a cane properly and safely?

A cane is used if you have a minor balance problem or to make it easier to walk if you have a problem with one of your legs. - Online on April 21 2013

 

Video's transcript:

Do you need to use an orthopedic device because of an injury, accident, loss of autonomy or disability? The Services Unisanté videos offer you valuable advice to ensure your comfort and well-being if you need to use a cane, crutches, a walker or a wheelchair. 

If you’re looking to purchase an orthopedic device or if you want personalized advice, don’t hesitate to consult your family pharmacist.

A cane is used if you have a minor balance problem or to make it easier to walk if you have a problem with one of your legs.

Here are some tips on how to adjust a cane properly and safely.

  • First, put on comfortable shoes. Then stand with your back straight, your feet slightly apart and your arms hanging relaxed on either side of your body.
  • Place the cane about 6 inches or 15 centimeters from the foot of the leg that isn’t affected.
  • Adjust the length of the cane so the handle lines up with the crease of in your wrist.
  • Always make sure your cane is the right length for the shoes you’re wearing and adjust it as needed.

Here’s how to use a cane.

A cane is always used on the side opposite the affected leg.

At each step, it should move in unison with the affected leg.

If you’re using a cane to make walking safer, or to help with your balance, you should use it on the dominant side: in other words, on the side of the stronger leg.