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Planning Ahead Could Include Walking Aids

By Tom Herrin

As people attempt to plan ahead for accidents and other unexpected issues, most have things such as first aid kits, food, water, flashlights, batteries, etc.  Another thing that could be included in such closets and emergency shelves is some kind of walking aid.  While everyone does not need one all of the time, when they do need them, it is helpful to have them at the ready.  Accidents that may result in the need for some kind of help with walking can occur at any time.  Keeping some of these aids around can save time and help prevent additional injury.

There Are Walking Aids for Different Needs

Most people are familiar with one or more walking aids.  A cane is something that many people associate with older individuals.  Many times this is the case as a cane may be used to steady someone with minor balance issues; it may also be used by those trying to regain use of an injured foot or leg.  

Almost everyone has tried to use crutches if only to see how they work.  Such experimentation can often end up with injuries.  

The other kind of walking aid is a walker.  It seems that they have gained greater popularity in recent years.  This may be partly due to the fact that they now come in such a wide variety of styles and purposes.  They are normally used to support the lower body when more help is needed.  They also serve to steady those who have more severe balance problems.

Using a Cane Properly Can Help With Rehab

People sometimes use a cane in order to provide some limited assistance as they are trying to regain the use of an injured part.  As a person steps with their good foot, the injured part along with the cane move together to act as a support.  This allows some of the weight to be shared.  A cane is so simple and easy to use that it is highly portable and can be carried or packed away.

Check Your Home for Hazards

The best kind of preparation is prevention.  Checking over the house looking for trip hazards -- and other things that could end up causing accidents -- may go a long way toward making your home a safer place.  Letting everyone know where any walking aids are located and practicing how to use them can be a good way to complete a preparedness plan.  A little preparation can do a lot of good for when the need arises.

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

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