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When Was the Last Time You Used a Walking Aid?

By Tom Herrin

For those who have not had the opportunity to use some kind of walking aid, they can consider themselves lucky.  It seems as if most people end up using them at some time or another in the course of their lifetime.  It may not be as the result of some kind of a major injury or surgery, but it may be caused by something as simple as a turned ankle or stubbed toe.  Whatever the reason, when people need to keep more of their weight off of an injured part and still be able to have pretty good mobility, they will likely use a walking aid.

Needs for Different Kinds of Aids Varies

Many people have some kind of walking aid around their homes.  A simple one is a cane.  It is used for those who either have some limited issues with balance or are trying to assist some part that is slowly recovering.  

Walkers seem to be more visible today.  They are often used when people need significant support.  With four points on the ground, they are good for those with more severe balance problems as well as those who may be needing to support more of their weight off of their lower body entirely.  Crutches are pretty common.  Most people are familiar with them as they are mostly used for those injuries previously mentioned such as the ankle or toe.

A Cane May Be the Most Portable

The good thing about a cane is that it is easily lifted or stored.  It is often used by those who have some issues with their balance.  It can help to steady them and provide some confidence.  A cane can also be used by those who are recovering from an injury.  Weight is placed on the good foot, then it is transferred to the injured foot or leg with the cane on the other side of the body.  Both are used together to provide support with the second step.

It Is Good to Start Planning Now

We all should learn to use walking aids correctly so that, when they are needed, it prevents us from sustaining further injury because we've used it wrong. Another thing that can help is to try to avoid having any such accidents in our home.  Eliminating clutter and possible hazards can mean there is less chance of us having to find ways to use those aids.  Plan ahead and be more successful in your own home safety plan.

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

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