How To Use A Walking Cane?

Why do you use a cane on the opposite side of the injury?

Holding the cane in the opposite side, does just that. When you step with your right leg, your left leg has to do all the work to support the body’s weight. Putting the cane in the right hand allows the right arm and left leg to work together to support your weight.

Which side do you use a walking cane?

Proper Positioning

Hold the cane in the hand opposite the side that needs support. For example, if your right leg is injured, hold the cane in your left hand.

When using a cane which leg goes first?

To go up one step or a curb: Step up with your stronger leg first. Place your weight on your stronger leg and bring your cane and weaker leg up to meet the stronger leg. Use the cane to help your balance.

When should I start using a cane?

Five Signs You Need to Use a Walking Cane Immediately

  • You Are Dragging a Foot. This could be due to numbness in your foot or some other problem that may not be immediately noticeable.
  • You Are Limping.
  • You Are Using Furniture to Walk.
  • You Are Losing Your Balance or Are Tripping Over Things Frequently.
  • Your Back Hurts or You Are Hunched Over When You Walk.