When looking for stability to move safely or just to lean on and take rest, a walking stick or cane (often referred to as the “third leg”) can make every step forward much safer.
At a time when you may need assistance to walk or move from one place to another, taking the help of a walking cane or walking stick can make life much easier while also keeping you independent and confident. Walking aids can help maintain a better body posture, prevent cramping, muscle strain and joint injuries.
The terms walking canes and walking sticks have been used interchangeably for a long time, whereas both of these mobility aids serve a different purpose.
This article will help you find out how they differ, and which one is the right choice for you.
The subtle differences between a walking stick and walking cane lie in their functionalities. A cane is built to take more weight and is designed keeping support in mind while walking sticks are used to maintain balance on uneven ground i.e. while trekking or hiking.
Walking canes Vs. Walking sticks:
Even among walking sticks and canes, there are different types based on the:
Preferably choose a tip made of reinforced plastic. Some variants of tips are also designed to swivel and flex, while others use water vents for better stability while walking on sandy or gravely surfaces. There are two popular options based on the tips:
Ergonomic handles are designed specifically for prolonged usage.
While choosing between a walking stick and a cane, keep in mind the amount of time and how regularly you will be using it. Canes are preferred for everyday use; they are medically advised for more stability and safety, while walking sticks are more occasional use. For a long term, sturdy and reliable walking aid, choose a cane instead of a design-oriented walking stick. If you’re looking to make a style statement, by all means, pick the flashiest walking stick you can find but remember that it is not meant for daily use and may not bring you the comfort that you need.
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