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Everything you need to know about choosing the right walking stick

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Everything you need to know about choosing the right walking stick
If you find it difficult to keep your balance or remain stable when moving around, the right walking stick can help to reduce the risk of trips and falls.

Choosing the right walking stick can often make all the difference in giving you the confidence to get out and about, or move independently around your home with less fear of falling. However, with so many different types available it can be useful to understand your options so you can select a walking stick that suits your individual needs. 
In this article, we take you on a journey through the world of walking sticks to help you better understand the different features and designs on the market, enabling you to make an informed decision on which walking stick is best for you.  

Handle with care

Choosing the right handle is vital to ensure you’re comfortable when holding and using your walking stick. Ergonomic walking sticks are designed with unique handles that help to spread weight across the whole hand, reducing stress or pain on the hands and wrists. They are useful if you are living with a health condition that affects your joints, such as arthritis.
You’ll find there are plenty of other handle styles to choose from, including crook, T-shapes and a wide selection of unique carved walking sticks. T Handles are sometimes known as escort handles and you’ll find that a T-handled walking stick is suitable for both left and right-handed use. Remember that many walking sticks are available in left and right-handed versions!

Walking stick feet – it’s all in the numbers!

Standard walking sticks feature one pole from the handle to the base, however tripods and quads include multiple feet at the bottom of the stick to offer a wider base and give extra stability to those who need it – ideal for anyone who needs firmer support when walking. 

Are travel and storage important to you?

If you want to be able to put a walking stick away when you’re out and about, you may be interested in a folding walking stick. A folding stick can be stowed away quickly and safely in a pocket or handbag and is suitable if you don’t need support all of the time. 
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A feast for the eyes

Once you have discovered which type of walking stick is best for your needs, it’s time to browse the different styles and designs to find a stick you can enjoy. There are many types of carved walking sticks, with different handles, such as the Shepherds Crook Carved Walking Stick which has a unique hand crafted wooden design. You can also find walking sticks in a range of colours, including the Floral Walking Stick which includes an attractive finish.

What are ferrules and why are they important? 

Ferrules are the rubber feet that are commonly seen on the bottom of walking sticks and other types of walking aids. Walking aids are always supplied with rubber ferrules to improve grip and help you to stay supported. However, ferrules can become worn over time, so it’s important to check your walking stick and replace any ferrules accordingly to ensure you have maximum stability. They are inexpensive but valuable pieces of equipment to help increase your safety and can be found in different styles, including standard bell shapes, with shock absorbing qualities, or with a wider base like the Tri Support Ferrules
If you are experiencing difficulty with your mobility because of an injury or specific condition your GP may refer you to a physiotherapist who may offer advice on suitable walking aids if appropriate.
To view the full range of walking sticks available at Complete Care Shop, please visit our website. 

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