How to Choose the Right Cane-and Use It Properly

Canes come in different heights, composition, and styles. Selecting the right one can improve your mobility and increase your independence.

Anyone with back or lower extremity pain, joint instability, or balance deficits may be at a higher risk of falls and can benefit from using a cane, says Nicole ODonnell, PT, MPT, a physical therapist at Cleveland Clinic. This can include patients with arthritic ankles, knees, hips, or back, but the use of a cane is certainly not limited to just arthritic conditions. A cane is especially helpful if you suffer from debilitating pain on one side of the body.
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