Who can benefit from having a walking stick?
Walking sticks are useful for individuals who:
- are fairly mobile, both indoors and outdoors,
- have low endurance,
- are suffering from respiratory issues,
- are experiencing pain in their lower limbs,
- have a fear of falling,
- are unable to stand unaided for more than 60 seconds,
- have poor balance and reduced lower limb strength.
What if I am struggling to hold a stick?
Individuals suffering from arthritis or injury to their fingers/hands struggle to hold a stick. In this situation sticks with an ergonomic handle can be used. This stick is commonly called a Fischer walking stick. This type of walking stick is easy to grip, and the user bears their weight through their palm.
What do I need to consider when buying a Fischer walking stick?
You need to establish in which hand you are going to hold the stick before purchase. You cannot hold a left-handed Fischer walking stick using your right hand, and vice versa, due to its design. Your physiotherapist will advise you on the appropriate side.
What are the important points to consider before using a walking stick?
As a rule of thumb, do not use a walking stick without consulting a physiotherapist. K7’s physiotherapist can recommend an appropriate walking aid for particular needs. The following are important things to consider:
- Always use your walking stick on your unaffected side.
- Never change the height of the walking stick without consulting your physiotherapist.
- Using a walking stick of an inappropriate height is dangerous.
- Using the wrong walking aid can accelerate your deformity.
- Your physiotherapist can eliminate these dangers.
Where Can I Use My Walking Stick?
There are no restrictions to using your walking stick. It can be used both indoors and outdoors.
What do I need to check before using a walking stick?
Checking your walking stick is simple. You need to ensure that:
- the handle is not frayed or broken,
- the rubber ferrules/tyres are not worn out,
- the structure is intact.
Why is it important to clean walking aids, wheelchairs and all related equipment daily?
When you start using the walking aids/wheelchair, it becomes part of you. You go with your walking aids/wheelchair everywhere, including to the toilet and public places. It rapidly accumulates germs, food particles and other dirt. It is good practice to clean it with anti-bacterial wipe every time you return home or use the toilet.
It can be a time-consuming task. If you are struggling to clean every time you use it, clean it once daily as a minimum. If you struggle to clean it by yourself, request that your carer cleans it on your behalf, or, if you have a care package, include this task in your care plan by speaking to your social worker.