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Walking Aids May Fit With Your Preparedness

By Tom Herrin

When people make decisions to get themselves more prepared for disasters, emergencies, or any kind of unexpected situation, they often try to determine what all is needed for such.  Purchasing supplies and equipment can be pretty expensive.  One of the items that could be included on the list is some kind of walking aid.  Anytime people have injuries that limit their ability to move about freely, particularly if it involves a foot or leg, they may require the use of some kind of manual assistance.  Many have had such an experience in the past.  As a result, they may have one of these aids around their home.  They can come in handy.

Walking Aids Come in a Variety of Types

Most people recognize the usual list of walking aids.  Crutches are widely recognized.  Most children who have had the opportunity to do so have attempted to walk using a pair.  They are designed primarily to keep the weight off of an injured part and still allow good mobility.  A cane is one of those things that seems to be associated with older people in former times, but it can actually be useful today as people try to regain use of something that has been injured previously.  A walker is by far the most substantial type of walking aid.  Anyone who has a need for something that can help to support more of their weight may use one.  With four points touching the floor, there is little or no need for anyone to balance because it can stand alone.

A Cane Is Multipurpose

Using a cane has several benefits.  Since it is usually lightweight, it is easy to carry and store.  It is good for those who have some slight balance issues.  It is also a good tool for those who are trying to use a part that has been injured and rested.  An individual can carry a cane in the hand on the opposite side from the injury.  As they walk, they can use a cane to share the load as they place weight on the injured part.  The next step is with the good foot.  A cane and the injured part work together in much the same way crutches work.  This makes for a smoother stride.

It Is a Good Idea to Anticipate

When we plan ahead, it should be for as many possibilities as we can.  If you have some kind of walking aid around, you may do well to help every family member to learn the proper way to use it.  Doing this can help avoid so much down time if and when a need occurs.  If we will also practice doing safety checks of our home and surroundings, we can remove any potential hazards before they contribute to accidents.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Oceanside, Calif.

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