Feeling a Little Unsteady on Your Feet? Look Into a Cane!
Our balance is unfortunately something that deteriorates with age, which can lead to a higher risk of falls. Falling when you’re older can have much more devastating consequences than if you fall when you’re younger, leading to broken bones that can take awhile to heal, reducing one’s mobility and independence. Luckily, looking at canes for sale, or other mobility devices like walkers, can help stabilize your balance and minimize your risk of falling. There are all types of canes out there — durable canes, elegant walking canes, decorative canes, and more. Even functional canes can be made stylish with a little personalization! If you’re not thrilled about having to rely on a cane, know that you’re not alone. Almost seven million Americans are using assistive devices, like canes or walkers, to help them get around with ease and confidence.
How Can Having a Cane Help?
As mentioned above, bad balance or dizziness can put the elderly at risk for falling. Every year, one in four older adults in the United States fall. Even worse, over two million older adults have to go to the emergency room after their fall to be treated for injuries. Given that every 11 seconds, an older adult is being seen in the emergency room due to a fall, these numbers aren’t surprising. Furthermore,half of these falls happen at home and the two most common causes are unsteadiness or dizziness when they stand up or walk.
A cane can help provide a steady base when getting up or walking around. Just under 40% of Americans who are over the age of 85 use some type of mobility device and five million Americans prefer a cane (that’s 70% of those who use a mobility device), making it the most used device in the United States.
A cane can also help increase your independence. You may find yourself moving more quickly and confidently with a cane or be able to partake in activities you had to give up, due to balance issues. You may not need to rely on others as much and regain some of the independence you’re used to having.
Where Can I Look for Canes for Sale?
You can find canes for sale both in physical stores and online. If you’re looking to replace a cane and already know what kind of cane you prefer, as well as the right measurements, looking online and having it delivered to your door may be the easiest option for you.
However, if this is your first time looking at canes for sale, it might be worth consulting with your doctor, getting correct measurements, and going to a brick-and-mortar store, so you can try some out, to see which might be the best fit for you. Whether you end up choosing a quad cane, folding cane, or standard walking cane, you want to be sure that you’re buying the cane that will best suit your needs.
How Do I Know Which Cane Is Right For Me?
There’s only one really good way to know which cane is right for you, and that’s to test a few out! You may find, for example, that a palm handle walking cane might fit your hand better than the standard crookneck handle. You may need to find a few different sizes for canes before alighting on the one that feels most comfortable.
You may also find that as your needs change, your canes change. If your balance becomes worse, for example, the stability of a quad cane might be more comforting — and make more sense for you — than the single tipped cane. Your doctor may also be able to advice on what will make the most sense for you, recommend canes to look into, and what you should be looking for.
Do yourself a favor when you look into canes for sale. You can improve your health, safety, and overall well-being with a single object — why not try it now?