The simplest assistive walking device commonly used is a cane, popular because of its maneuverability, ease of use, and social acceptance. Unfortunately, a cane is often purchased without the patient being adequately fitted.
There are various ways of fitting a cane, but most therapists and medical providers recommend using elbow flexion as a guide. Ideally, the elbow should flex 20-30 degrees when holding the cane from the lateral border of the toes. This will allow for efficient elbow movement while walking. Cane length should be roughly the distance from the ground to the wrist crease when the patient’s arm is hanging by their side.
Drive Medical has developed the following easy instructions on how to adjust an aluminum cane:
First loosen the anti-rattle collar by turning it counter clockwise.
Push in the locking button and adjust the length of the lower section of the cane to the desired length. Make sure the locking button engages into a hole.
Finally, tighten the anti-rattle collar by turning it back clockwise.