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Walking Aids May Be Well Worth Their Price

By Tom Herrin

People spend lots of money on all kinds of things.  Many of them are pretty frivolous while others are extremely practical.  It is not always so much that they choose to buy some things but simply have them on hand.  Walking aids are something that seem to somehow find their way into just about every home at one time or another.  That badly sprained ankle, or some other ailing need, forces people to deal with one or more of these aids at a time in which they are not really prepared to embrace them.  One thing for sure is that they may be a welcome device when someone is otherwise limited as to their ability to get around.

There Are a Few Aids to Choose From

Many people have dealt with some kind of walking aid and have one in their homes.  The most common may be crutches.  They are great to help keep most of the weight off of an injured part while still having pretty good mobility.  A cane can help with the rehab process as someone slowly begins to put more weight on the part that was injured.  A walker is the most stable of all aids.  It has four points in contact with the ground so a person does not have to balance it.  Instead of this, the walker can help provide a degree of something to balance from.  They now come in all kinds and shapes, seemingly to accommodate a variety of needs.  

A Cane Can Go Anywhere

Unlike other kinds of walking aids, a cane is usually extremely lightweight and can go anywhere.  It is great for those who need minor assistance with their balance.  A cane can also be used to assist a part that has been injured while someone is attempting to regain the ability to put weight on it.  The cane is used opposite of the injured part to act as a sort of crutch so that the weight is divided between the two.  The next step is taken with the good foot or leg.  It can work well as people begin to recover.

Be Prepared

Learning to use a walking aid is as important as having one around.  Practicing with one ahead of time can help to avoid the awkwardness of learning while the injury is fresh.  This can be a painful and frustrating experience as well.  Another good thing is to clear the home of things that could cause trips or slips.  Being a conscientious steward can make all of the difference.

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

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