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Taking Safety for Granted Can Be a Problem

By Tom Herrin

No matter how careful people are, accidents are an inevitable part of life.  For those who have not had much of an accident that creates inconvenience, they may be able to consider themselves fortunate.  Most people have some kind of accident at some time that renders them less able to do what they normally do on an everyday basis.  As a result, they may have had to use some kind of walking aid.  While it is not always bad, it can happen at a time in which it poses difficulties for them.  Planning may make all the difference

Walking Aids Can Be a Lot of Help

When people have something that causes them to need to use a walking aid, there is little they can do to avoid it.  Most people are familiar with the different types.  Crutches are probably the most common one.  They are used when people have an injury in which they need to keep most of their weight off of a given part while still being able to move around.  A cane is easy to use and transport.  Many people use one when they have some kind of limited balance issues or are recovering from some kind of injury.  A walker is the one that can provide the most support.  Since it has four points in contact with the ground, it does not require balancing.  It also is stable enough for people to put a considerable amount of weight on it without fear of falling.

Using a Cane Can Serve Multiple Purposes

A cane is really a pretty handy device.  It is usually lightweight and can be carried and/or store easily.  It is very useful for those who have small issues with their balance.  It can also be used by those who are recovering from an injury and trying to begin applying more weight back on the injured part.  In order to use one correctly for rehab, it should help to share the weight with the injured part.  Carrying the cane on the opposite side from the injury can help to do this.  Taking a step with the cane and injured part followed by a step with the good foot or leg can make walking smooth.

Doing a Safety Check at Home Can Be Good Prevention

For any of us to make our homes safer, we need to take every reasonable measure.  Learning to use whatever walking aid we may have correctly can be a good start.  Making an effort to go through our home and checking for any potential hazards can take it one more step.  Do what you can to help avoid accidents and provide better preparedness should accidents occur.

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

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