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Shake the Dust Off of Your Walking Aid

By Tom Herrin

One of those odd things that seems to accumulate in many homes is some type of walking aid.  Many people have had to use one at some time in the past only to retire it after what they felt as if their usefulness had passed.  It probably ended up in some closet or other storage space.  While most people try to place them somewhere they can be retrieved from in order to use them, much of the time it is completely forgotten until someone runs across it again later.  It is a good idea to know exactly where it is located.

Walking Aids Come in a Variety of Types

Most people have seen someone using a walking aid at one time or another.  A cane is one type that is highly portable and can be used almost anywhere.  It is generally lightweight and easy to store.  Many people use it for slight issues with balance, but there are some other practical uses as well.  Crutches are pretty common.  It seems that most people have at least tried them at some time.  Few kids can resist them.  They are really good for keeping much of the weight off of an injured part but allowing a person to still get around well.  

A walker is a device that can help to support a large part of someone's weight.  This is particularly beneficial when someone has a hip or knee injury, or surgery, that may require a more substantial support.

A Cane Is More Versatile

Besides being lightweight and easy to carry, a cane can be a good tool to help people as they recover from various problems.  For those with minor issues with balance, a cane can help to steady them enough to provide some degree of confidence when they walk.  As others attempt to get over some kind of injury and begin to put more weight on a part that has been injured, they may be able to use a cane.  Using it on the opposite side from the injured part can help to share the weight as they walk.  Taking a step this way followed by a step with their good foot can enable them to walk around more easily.

Make What You Have More Useful

If you have a walking aid around, get it out and check it to see that it is in good order.  Let everyone in the home learn how to use it correctly.  While this may seem a little premature, learning how to use it the right way can save a lot of time and inconvenience if someone needs it.  Checking to make sure the home is free from things that may cause trips or slips can be another thing to make a difference.  Plan ahead and be more successful.

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

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