Ever wondered just how you’re supposed to use a walking stick? Whether you have one side weaker than the other, need a walking stick for balance or simply aren’t sure how to sit down and stand up while using one, we can help. Here are tips and advice from our in-house Occupational Therapist, Sharon, on how to use a walking stick properly.
If you have one side weaker than the other
How you use a walking stick if you have one side weaker than the other depends on whether you’re using one walking stick or two.
If you’re using one stick, it goes on the same side as your stronger leg and moves when the weaker leg does. For example, if you left leg is weaker, you should hold the stick in your right hand and move it when your left leg does.
If you are using two sticks, you can either move them both together with your weaker leg, so again, if your left leg is weaker both sticks will move when the left leg does, or you can move them in turn together with the opposite leg.
If there’s a handrail available, hold on to it for extra support.
If using a walking stick to help with your balance
- Hold the stick in your most comfortable hand
- Always move the stick forward first then opposite leg
- Do not place your stick too far in front of you or too far out to the side
- Do not carry your stick in the air as this is unsafe and you may be at risk of falling