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Assistance for Walking Is Sometimes Needed

By Tom Herrin

There are times when most people prefer to be independent.  It provides a feeling of confidence due to the freedom it entails.  Some things may occasionally interfere with that and cause people to be in a situation in which they simply need help.  One of those times is in the case that a person receives an injury that limits their ability to move around as they would like.  Incidents such as receiving sprains, or other injuries, can end up with the need for some kind of walking assistance.  At one time or another, it seems to happen to just about everyone.

There Are a Few Options

Most people are familiar with crutches.  No child ever passes up the opportunity to try walking on a pair if they have the chance.  They are used primarily for helping to keep most of their weight off of an injured part while still being able to move around somewhat freely.  Another type of walking aid is a cane.  They have been used for years by those who need a little help in steadying themselves because of smaller problems with balance.  The most stable type of walking is a walker.  It has likely been noticed that there are all kinds available on the market.  Some have rollers, some are designed to keep people more upright, and all have four points in contact with the floor so they have the capability of supporting more of the body's weight to relieve the lower body.

A Cane Can Serve Several Purposes

As was already mentioned, a cane is often used by someone who needs a little something to help keep them more stable as they walk.  A cane may also be used by those who are recovering from some kind of an injury to a foot or leg.  They may be able to begin to place more weight on the injured part gradually.  They can do this by using the cane on one side, opposite the injured part, as they step with that injured part.  This allows them to share the weight.  The next step is with the good limb.  Since a cane is also generally so lightweight, it is easy to carry or store.

Plan and Prepare

For those who already have some kind of walking aid on hand, it is a good idea to learn the proper use of it.  This can avoid delay if an accident happens, and you will not have so much down time.  Another good practice is to do a safety check on the home and removing any items that could cause a trip or slip.  Helping to prevent accidents can be as important as being prepared to use walking aids. 

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

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