Using a cane or a walking stick might seem like a crazy idea for some adults. But the reality is that 4.8 million Americans (70% of mobility device users) walk with a cane, making canes a commonly used mobility device in the U.S. There are many signs that a person might need to start using a cane even if they don’t think they really need one, but here are some signs that you might actually need a cane or a walking stick!
You are falling more often.
One very obvious sign that you might need to get yourself a cane is that you are falling more often. Canes and walking sticks can greatly reduce the number of falls you have and the fact is that 2 million Americans visit the emergency room almost every 11 seconds for a fall. The good news is that canes and walking sticks come in a wide variety and can even be a fun addition to your style! From decorative walking canes, extra tall canes, folding canes, or if you are really adventurous even a blackthorn walking stick which is a very popular walking stick from Ireland.
You have osteoarthritis.
If osteoarthritis is something that you have been dealing with or a doctor has noticed, then it may be time to invest in a cane and walking stick. About one-fifth of cane users say osteoarthritis is a main cause of their mobility issues. Durable canes and carbon fiber canes can be a good solution if you are having a difficult time with osteoarthritis and have trouble standing or walking.
You are feeling unsteady or dizzy while standing or walking.
Is the ground moving when you aren’t? Another common sign that you made need a cane or a walking stick is if you are feeling dizzy or unsteady while moving about. Two of the most common causes of falls or older adults are unsteadiness or dizziness when standing up or walking. Again, a cane or a walking stick might be in order if you are feeling dizzy while mobile.
These are just a few of the signs that you may need a cane or walking stick, and while it can be something to shy away from at first. On the bright side, it may greatly improve your mobility and your life!