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.