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Using Walking Aids May Prevent More Injury

By Tom Herrin

The use of walking aids is pretty common.  They may be used for all kinds of reasons.  Accidents are one of the most common.  When people have accidents in which they require the use of some kind of walking aid, there are times in which they cause more injury by incorrectly using them.  Too many times, people use a walking aid without understanding how to do so properly.  With the correct kind of practice and use, a person may be able to use a walking aid to improve their chances of a successful recovery from injury.  

Walking Aids Come in a Good Variety

Most people recognize walking aids and have seen them many times.  Crutches may be the most familiar.  They can help to keep weight off of an injured foot or leg and still provide pretty good mobility.  A cane is another type of walking aid that has long been seen used by older individuals.  It can help to provide help for those with limited balance problems.  They may also be used by those who are working to recover the use of a foot or leg by slowly adding weight to them.  A walker is something that seems to have gained quite a bit of attention in recent years.  They can be seen in all kinds of ads and come in a variety of styles.

A Cane May Be Portable and Useful

Where a cane was once seen as a tool of the elderly, they are now used by many people for a variety of purposes.  They are great for steadying those who need slight help with their balance.  They are also the choice of many as they attempt to recover from their injuries.  By using a cane, a person may step with the cane and injured foot or leg, then step with the good foot.  This will allow a person to gradually place weight back onto the injured part.  It has become a pretty common practice.

Learn to Use Whatever You Have

Many people have some kind of walking aid in their home, but they often fail to take the opportunity to learn how to use them correctly.  Learning the correct way to use these may save us from the chance of additional injury.  It commonly happens when people use them however they feel works.  Another thing we can do is perform a safety inspection of our homes.  Removing things that could cause slips or trips could get us started in the right direction.  Learn to use what you have available and doing a safety check of our homes can be a good combination.

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

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