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A cane, sometimes called an assistive cane or walking cane, is a mobility aid to give support and balance during walking. People might need a cane for different reasons. These include to:
It is important that your cane is adjusted to the proper height. Your physical therapist can recommend the best type of cane for you and make sure it fits properly. Generally, a cane fits if:
You will probably be the most independent and comfortable if you hold the cane in the opposite hand from the weak or affected leg. If you are trying to increase weight bearing to one leg, then hold the cane in the hand on the same side as the affected leg.
To use a cane:
Reviewed: September 2022