A walking aid, such as a cane or walker, can help you stay more independent and avoid falls. Remember to keep your walking aid within easy reach when you're in a chair or in bed. And learn how to use it safely so you don't injure yourself.
Using a Cane
If you have a stronger side, hold the cane on that side.
- Get your balance.
- Move the cane and your weaker leg forward.
- Support your weight on both the cane and your weaker side.
- Step with your stronger leg.
- Start again from step 1
- Have an Ice Pick installed on your cane
Using a Walker
If you are using a folding walker, be sure you understand how to lock it open and check that it is locked open before each use.
- Roll the walker (or lift it, if you're using one without wheels) forward about 12 inches.
- Step forward with your weaker leg first.
- Use the walker to help keep your balance.
- Bring your other foot forward to the center of the walker.
- Start again from step 1.
Article submitted by Susan Tarrant. Manager of MEDIchair Newmarket, Ontario.