So, in that spirit, i share some tips about using this contraption.
- Single-tip canes don't work, for me at least, as well as multi-pronged ones. Not only do the 4 feet give me more stability, but i can step on the base when it falls over & bring it back to upright. i can even use it as a reach tool. Just today there was some trash i'd dropped under the table & couldn't reach. So i stuck out the lower end of my cane & dragged it over to where i could reach it. Big help!
- Think tripod. Bad leg and cane work as a unit.
- Be sure it's adjusted correctly, or, if not adjustable, get a different one. There should be a slight crook in your elbow for maximum benefit. If you have to drag it, as i saw someone doing once, it's too long for you!
- To get good support from my cane, i lean on it. Sometimes very heavily.
- It's hard to carry very much while using a cane. Fortunately i can take a few steps without it somewhat easily.
- Sometimes i feel like a fraud using my cane i can walk ok without it - for awhile. i've walked off & left it, even DRIVEN away without it. But here's the thing: if i don't use it, it won't be very many days before i barely can walk at all. So i'll continue to use it whenever and whereever possible.