When, Why & How to Use a Walking Cane or Quad Cane – Ask Doctor Jo
When, Why & How to Use a Walking Cane or Quad Cane – Ask Doctor Jo

Uh, oh, aahhh! (Crashing noise) Hey everybody,
it’s Doctor Jo. I got an email from Emma, who is the Co-founder and CEO of foreveryoungcane.com
She asked me to do a video on how, when, and why should you use a cane? She so graciously
donated some canes. This is the Everyday in black. This is the Fashion cane in purple.
One of the biggest things that I hear from my patients why they don’t want to use a cane
is it will make them look old. Well on their website at foreveryoungcane.com, they have
a whole bunch of different kind of canes with different colors, different kind of bling
which is awesome. So the first cane here is basically a standard cane. Straight down here
with a little hook and a handle. This cane is going to be a kind of cane where you just
need it for a little bit of balance. Just to help you with your support, so you’re not
stumbling and falling. But if you need something to really take the weight off your foot, your
going to need something with a little more support like this. This is a smaller version
of a quad cane. Quad canes are actually a little bit bigger than this. They kind of
have metal prongs going down. This is kind of what is becoming the more standard because
it’s not as big and bulky and in your way. But still, if you walk away, it will stay
standing up, and it gives you a little bit more support if you’re a little more off balance
than just stumbling every once in awhile. So when should you use a cane? Well the scenario
I used in the beginning, helps give you an idea. One of the biggest things I see with
my patients when they are not using a cane, is what I call a furniture walker. So at home,
they actually do okay because they are in a comfortable environment with their furniture
that’s around, and they know that they can kind of hold onto the couch when they’re walking,
they’re counter top is right here when they are walking. So they feel safe because they
know where everything is, but what happens is when they get out into the community, they’re
not familiar with their environment, and they have nothing to hold onto. The other scenario
that you saw in the first section of the video is a dog or pet on the ground. So that happens
a lot, if you don’t have a lot of balance, you’re walking through your house, and your
dog might not even be moving, they might just be lying there. Then you kind of stumble and
you can’t catch yourself. So these are reasons why you might need a cane or quad cane to
give you some extra balance. If you feel like also, your foot’s dragging a little bit. Sometimes
people might not have a lot of strength in their foot, and if you feel like your toes
are dragging a little bit, what’s going to happen is your are going to catch them on
something and fall. If you’re walking, and you feel like you’re changing the way you
walk, your limping. You’re gonna need a cane because the more you do this, even let’s say
I can walk without a cane, you’re using your muscles in a different way and they are going
to become unbalanced muscles, and it will make something else start hurting. If i’m
doing this, then I’m working one side more than the other, and that sides going to start
hurting because it’s taking on more of a roll than it should. So once you decide to get
your very fashionable cane, what you want to do is make sure the height of the cane
is just at your hip bone here. You want a slight bend in your elbow, but you don’t want
a big bend in your elbow, and you don’t want no bend in your elbow. So nice comfortable
ben in your elbow. I’m going to start off with just the standard cane. You want to put
the cane on the opposite side of your weak side. So if my right side is weak, I’m putting
the cane in my left hand. The cane is going to always follow that weak side. So if it
goes forward, the cane goes forward. If it’s behind, the cane is behind. And then you’re
just going into a smooth motion, stepping through, stepping through. Sometimes if you
think about it too much, you’re going to see people kind of going like this, and stepping
through. Our natural gait pattern, our arms swing oppositely. So just let it go with the
flow. So you’re stepping through, stepping through. Stepping through, stepping through.
Now if you need a little more support where you are getting a pronged cane or quad cane,
it’s still the same kind of concept, but you might end up needing to do a step-to pattern.
If you need a little bit more support. What I mean when I say step-to pattern, is you’re
bringing the cane and the bad foot forward, but you’re just stepping-to where they are.
You’re not stepping through making a full step, you’re just kind of stepping-to. Sometimes,
people that might have suffered from a stroke where they need that extra support on that
weak side, might do better with the step-to pattern. But just because you’re using a quad
cane doesn’t mean you can’t use that step through pattern, which you can. So basically
what I tell my patients, if you don’t feel like you are walking normally, if anything
is changing or you feel off balance, you really need to be using a cane. If you’re not using
a cane and you end up falling and breaking something, you are going to have to use more
than a cane. So I definitely recommend using a cane if you’re off balance or if you’re
weak or if there are lots of things in your home you might stumble and fall over. So if
you have any questions, leave them in the comments section, if you would like to check
out some other videos, go to askdoctorjo.com And remember be safe, have fun, and I hope
you feel better soon!

100 thoughts on “When, Why & How to Use a Walking Cane or Quad Cane – Ask Doctor Jo”

  1. Nuno Cardoso says:

    D CANE

  2. hercharms says:

    Hi Dr Joe.I have chronic lower back pain had it 15 years.and gout,wich afects my knees and ankles,My fionce keeps diswading me from having a cane but I bought a fold up one today it's a little too big as im only small.when my pain kicks in I arch my back as if pregnant and lean slightly to one side have I made the right desision,as I am in emence pain.what walking appliance would you recomend for me?thanks for your time.

  3. DAKlives says:

    fantastic well done
    and thank you
    very few people that use a cane use it properly (thx Dr. House)

  4. John Peterson says:

    Hi, Jo! Is it possible to treat degenerative disc disease with physical therapy?

  5. nerdieone1 says:

    I have CP and I used quad canes when I was younger. (they were bigger though) I had to use two and I used the two step method.

  6. Azah M.S says:

    At the moment I am on quad cane for my MS. I should say it is a bit of a help. Unfortunately I can't tell which one is my weak side so I hold it in my dominate hand. Is this correct?

  7. Krystal Lance says:

    Thank you! This video was very informative for me.

  8. lindakbray1 says:


  9. Melissa Bezdjian says:

    Hi dr. . i had a car accident 5 years ago.after all the big problems i had,one is left,balance in walking. i started walking with a walker. then now quad cane after having physiotherapy for 2 years. but as u say in ur video,i am familiar to the furniture at home, but when i go out i feel so much scared to fall. so i usually walk without a cane outside home, but to have some balance, i open my legs when walking, and the way i walk had changed (i walk like a robot 😛 )
    i am traveling after 1 month. i will be alone in the airport for hours, i will have my quad cane with me.my weak side is my left side.so as you say, i have to hold my cane on my right side.right?
    and because of my very bad weak balance, i should take small steps??
    please help me. i am overthinking lately and need a support. thank u (K)

  10. Laura Barba says:

    hi dr. jo. good video. thanks !where can l get that purple cane !

  11. Anna O'Day says:

    I had debrisment surgery on my left ankle and the following day, while using the walker because I was nonweight bearing, I fell over and broke two toes on the other foot. Today, after a month, I was told to use a tripod cane, wear a brace and start walking. Really? I'm supposed to know how to do this? I was supposed to magically know how to shower and function in a wheel chair, too. You probably saved me from further injury with your very helpful video. Thank you!

  12. best dad ever says:

    how to go fron walking with a cane to walking witgout cane

  13. Sarah says:

    Thanks, this really helped!

  14. Pro Mixing says:

    So dr. Jo, I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you for all the time and work you put into these videos-you have no idea how helpful you have been to us.

    Thumbs up and I subscribed.

  15. The Pipe Nook says:

    I am recovering from a Torn ACL. Do you feel that I would benefit from walking with a cane? I'm currently "one-crutching it" while out in the community, and pretty much walking on my own around the house. The crutch is starting to annoy me! 🙂

  16. Steven Bird says:

    Doctor Jo I have MS and am starting to have trouble with balance. My right leg is weaker, so I'm meant to have the stick on my left, but I fall and stumble to the right. Should I still have the stick on the left?

  17. rasec dante says:

    hi, i use a cane because i have pain on my whole rigth leg and withou cane a limp alot,the doctor  cant find why,  do you think a could qualify for a handicap plate for parking,

  18. Myk63 says:

    I used a cane for standing, lower back issues. Then I discovered using it to walk took the pressure off my arthritic toe. I use it on the same side as the toe because it's the bent toe push I need the help with. I've tried the opposite side and it's not as much help. GP was OK with it, haven't talked much arthritis or PT with Rheumy yet.

  19. Nancy LaRose says:

    Just getting adjusted to the whole idea of a cane. However, I've likely got arthritis in the cane-using hand, especially the base of the thumb. Is there anything I can do to help the ache?

  20. kelvinthepharmacist says:

    Hi, I have seen other physiotherapists, and they have adviced me to use the cane on the same side of the weak leg. Can I know what the rational is?

  21. Maeve Steinert says:

    Hi! I am a 62 yr old female and presently using a walker because I broke my right hip (3 screws) and am non weight bearing for 9 weeks now. I am in the really painful freezing stage of frozen shoulder on my left side and can't bear the pain of bearing my weight on my arm and shoulder and actually my whole left side when using the wslker. It's getting worse every day. I will find out from the surgeon on 7/11 how many more weeks I will be non weight bearing and needing the walker. If it is this difficult for me to use the walker because of the shoulder, how will it be when I have to transfer to a cane? Or, will it be less painful with a cane? Thank you for taking the time to read this.

  22. Maeve Steinert says:

    Also, more importantly, would you please give me any advice on how to help alleviate the pain I'm experiencing from using the walker? Not only am I in pain but I am fatigued like never before. This is in addition to my comment below. Thank you!

  23. Maeve Steinert says:

    Hi Dr. Jo, Thank you for your quick response. I am seeing a PT now.  I just got clearance on Monday from my surgeon to start bearing weight.  So when I went  to the PT on Wednesday they  started working on it. They said there is also some kind of bar that can be attached to my walker and extends upward so I can hold on to the bar instead if pushing my full weight into the side hand grasps. Thank you for your encouragement.  I am really hoping to feel better soon.

  24. Eric Gagne says:

    Hello, I'm 33 and I hike a lot. yesterday i started having pain when putting weight on right leg. Few years ago i had the exact same problem and my physiotherapist treated me for a crooked sacrum (don't know if its the right english term). Monday, I'm gonna call and get an appointment. Here's my question, until my appointment, can i use my trekking pole even if the handle is vertical to help me move around? My reflex are good, I'm still fast at reacting and my trekking pole are probably better than a cane I'd get at walmart for 15$

  25. Fred Fields says:

    forearm crotches after stroke

  26. Lisa Budzinski says:

    I have scholosis and my left leg is shorter than my right. My back has been hurting me more. Would a can help me since I am walking with a good limp? I am only 34 and feel like people might stare at me

  27. Kelly Eadie says:

    @AskDoctorJo ~ do you have any videos on using a cane for Spondylolisthesis? I don't need support often, but the pain gets so bad that my legs give out & my balance is off. The leg pain that occurs is on the right side. Should I support from the left? Since there isn't actually a "left leg / right leg" issue. It's just pain on one side or the other. I haven't found any info on this type of question. Using a cane DOES take some of the pressure off my back. Thanks for any help you can give.

  28. Grumpy Taffer says:

    What if I want to use a cane but I don't need it? Will it damage my body in some way? I find it quite soothing

  29. patricia Garcia says:

    Thank you, Dr.Jay

  30. patricia Garcia says:

    sorry Dr.jo

  31. J Top says:

    Would a cane be used for diabetic neuropathy?

  32. Meylin Cruz says:

    Hi, can you explain me going up and down stairs with cane? it is up: cane, good leg and then bad leg?Down :cane, bad leg and then good leg?

  33. magic fox says:

    Canes are also nice when your back is out and hurts.

  34. Terence Landon Palma says:

    Hi doc Jo,thank you so much for making this video it gives me a lot of information about using the cane..as well as the correct way of using it. Im 38 yrs old. And ive been having knee pains but they do come and go. I was diagnosed years ago that i have a Degenaration of chrondo mallacia knee patella. And now that i have sciatica. Even the doctor didnt mention or advised me to use a stick..just want to ask do i have to use know a walking stick?

  35. Terence Landon Palma says:

    Thank you for that quick reply doc. Yes i have tried physio before. But its still hurts though im taking pain killers regulary it helps a bit…thank you.

  36. Andrea Martin says:

    I am 46, and had a spinal fusion in my L5-S1 2 1/2 years ago, but never got my strength back in my back. It gets very fatigued and makes walking any distance hard. (Also maneuvering around the dog in the morning almost impossible without me feeling like I'm losing my balance, and I'm terrified of falling, w/my back. I wouldn't be able to get up w/out assistance. Now for the last 3 months or so, I have had bouts of Vertigo with increasing frequency. I don't want to stop my life, don't need help with balance most of the time, but then when I do need help, I am not always where I can stop and sit down or lean up against something. Any suggestions? I am going for Vestibular testing in about a week

  37. Courtney D says:

    Thanks for the video! I'm finally getting to address my hip dysplasia, and just finished some PT. I'm waiting to see an orthopedic surgeon and get imaging of the hip joints, as I still have pain especially with extended periods of walking and standing. I'm thinking of getting a cane for times I go out and know I'll be walking a lot, for the extra support when I start to hurt. I'm going to talk to the orthopedic surgeon about it, but do you think using a cane before I get sore would help me keep going longer? And with bilateral hip dysplasia, which side would I keep the cane on? I assume opposite of the worse hip/leg.

  38. Brenda Clay says:

    Thanks this helped me a lot.

  39. *We The People* says:

    Hi, I am 28 y/o. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis on my left hip. Im being scheduled for a hip replacement surg. in the next month or so. This news shattered my world. I went from being a very active woman and mother to a woman who cannot even sleep anymore from how bad my pain is. What excercises would you recommend me (for now and after surgery), just to stay in shape? I gotta tell you that right now even walking causes me a killer pain. My hip joints are rubbing bone on bone already.

  40. Minja Arsić says:

    I have a lot of pain in my knees and sometimes my ankles (and other joints, but these are the relevant ones), and I can't handle standing on the joints that hurt when they hurt a lot. I often limp and such, should I talk to my doctor about getting some sort of mobility aid? I'm worried because i'm only 14 and would look weird with a cane, but I really can't walk normally most of the time anymore.

  41. yknot000 says:

    I have either plantar fasciitis or a stressfracture in my heel TBD. I am experiencing severe pain walking is a cane the best device or is there something else I should be using? TY

  42. Caitlin Wejrowski says:

    im 18 and i have to use a cane to get around no matter what. They definitely work for no Balance with a bad back.

  43. Star Light says:

    Thank you so much I just started using a cane full time and wasn't told anything on how to walk with it. I have been stumbling around and sitting more because of it. I followed your instructions and did much better. I need to get my strength up and learn to walk right. Could you do a video on the correct way to walk

  44. SPCCleveland3891 Productions says:

    At 0:17 I hope you are ok

  45. Cris Castro says:

    what about bad knees ? can i use this

  46. Brittany Greve says:

    Hi, I am 31 and have been struggling with my health progressively over about the last 10yrs. Over time, diagnoses have accumulated. I have hypothyroidism, DDD, spinal spondylosis, spinal stenosis, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis which all have lead to major depression & anxiety. I also have a ganglion cyst on arch of right foot since elementary school & recently have developed a bunion of left foot. Lucky me. Anyway, I guess my question is: "What if both legs are weak and in pain?" Ive always struggled with bilateral problems (bilateral carpal tunnel surgery & bilateral cubital nerve release in 2011, same year I had my hysterectomy). Do you recommend a specific kind of cane? Should I be even using a cane? I am as you mentioned in video "a furniture walker". If I am in the community, which is few and far between these days (I had to stop working last October & ultimately file for disability in March of this year) I tend to avoid standing or walking at all if I can help it. Grocery shopping I have to be one pushing cart so I have support and can make it the whole trip. Are canes usually something covered by insurance? If so, is it something in which I have to be evaluated and have a Rx for by Dr?
    Thank you for your time and I apologize for extensive comment.

  47. IndyFatFighter says:

    Hi I'm looking into walking assistance because I'm morbidly obese weighing in at 490 pounds. I want to walk outside but I think I have sciatica. I can only walk for like 5 minutes and then I have to stop and do stretching because I start to feel numb down one leg and soon can't walk. Will a cane help me if so which one, if not what will?

  48. Ice to the Mf Killa! says:

    Hey I got shot and I have a cane but it's not good for me it doesn't feel right any tips?

  49. AskDoctorJo says:

    Here's another video where I talk about the correct way to use a cane: https://youtu.be/sFMEmG6YKDI?list=PLPS8D21t0eO8bRyNBvm5NULZeCKPsnP3Q

  50. Millie Rosado says:

    Awesome video!!

  51. Jeannie Ensmenger says:

    Hi Dr Jo,
    If someone is using a cane for weakness or balance and don't necessarily have a 'bad leg", which side would you recommend to use the cane on, and do you just follow the same protocol for this application as taught in your video?

  52. Lance Pritts says:

    ok I have a question in regards to which side and why. I broke a part of the joint at the lower end of my femur many years ago. I have survived with no problems for many years, but I do have alot of arthritis in place where bone and cartilage broke out. Last year I fell on the ice and twisted that knee and currently awaiting surgery because I tore the meniscus cup. The problem with using the cane on the opposite side is my right knee just buckles with no warning. If the cane is on the other side I am gonna hit the ground. Other thing is my left knee is full of arthritis as well so yep. So what might be your thoughts on this?

  53. Barbara Zaccari says:

    Thanks! Your explanation of gate pattern helped me finally use cane on the correct side. Knew I was doing it wrong just could never make.mind body connection til now.

  54. Stephanie Jones says:

    Great! Now I can walk around with my sprained ankle. I was using the cane incorrectly and it was not helping at all. Now after applying the way you have given here I can now walk around safely, and really supporting my sprained ankle.

  55. Renee Unrated says:

    I need that Quad cane

  56. bluetech7753 says:

    Is a cane right 4 people with vertigo equilibrium issues that cause one to always be off balance.

  57. Gerhardt Braeckel says:

    I have CMT and have an ankle orthosis to take care of foot drop and an artificial hip that I have dislocated several times. I walk with a quadcane in the house. Outside I tried using a pair of long walking sticks but about a year ago I caught my toe on some rough concrete, stumbled and fell. I switched to a standard walker outside since then. But it is really clunky and slow. I am wondering if using two standard size canes would be more stable than a pair of long walking sticks. Any suggestions?

  58. Gerald Dolliver says:

    I’m 21 and walk with a cane. Just had my second scope done on my left knee. This video is very informative

  59. Logan Wilson says:

    I currtely use a quad cane tip carxe been looking at a Pivoting Wide Quad foot Base what is more stable

  60. Dave Ross says:

    Lol they do make you look old especially if you pull up on a Harley and you pull the cane out of your tour pack at a rally your buddies like to make fun. This video was excellent also and I understood a little more. I never was the brightest bulb in the box lol

  61. Logan Wilson says:

    I sometimes use a walker with giider on them would puting chair pads on botom of glider help not scrash my floor

  62. Logan Wilson says:

    What quad cane tip would u sugset for my cane

  63. ravenwyld says:

    I have a lysosomal storage disease and I fall allot. My back bends to the left sometimes and I'm trying to find some kind of assistance. So confusing and overwhelming.

  64. GOTPOPS says:

    Hi doctor Jo..I dislocated my knee and had to have it put back into place about 6 weeks ago now and I don't need surgery but my doctor says im going to need physical therapy but my only problem with that is that im still waiting on the therapy,I go at the end of this month finally but my legs are becoming very weak and my balance is off and I have been using a walker to get around my house. so my question is, is that i want to switch to a cane but since both of my legs are weak, should I be using the cane to walk on my good knee that i didnt dislocate even though its weak too:(??

  65. Logan Wilson says:

    Would a six foot cane tip be more stabe for my sublaation knee

  66. Jayson Bickel says:

    Is it worth it to use a cane if i only need it for a couple days every other week? I have bi-weekly intramuscular injections that i give myself every other week, and the 2 days following the shot make it nearly impossible to walk on that leg without immense pain, and definitely limping and “furniture walking.” But is it worth it if i only need it for those couple days every 2 weeks?

  67. pykaswitz says:

    I've spent over 20 years nursing a bad left knee to the point that my right ankle/leg is suffering from supporting all that shifted weight. I really wish I got a cane long ago. My question…what basic suggestions would you have for someone needing support for both legs? Could a cane now help to better the over used leg then switch the cane side to later help the old injury side?

  68. Alicia Starr says:

    I have heart failure and fibromyalgia and my balance is crap and so are my legs lol. I have an awkward gate and ive tried talking to my new cardiologyst about getting a cane and she said she doesnt think i need one. But i've been using kind of like a walking stick and it helps take the preassure off my legs. Should i talk to my primary care doctor about it?

  69. Marye Simms says:

    Thank you. I picked up my quad cane at a medical supply store. It was ackward. Watching your video I can see why. The cane was on the wrong side. This was how the sales person told me to use it.

  70. Kitty Gaillot says:

    I’m having some type of vestibular/eustachian dysfunction going on, plus a retracted eardrum, making balance seem like a chore… Plus I’m near completely blind, requiring me to use a long white cane. So I’m getting a quad cane for stabilization until such time when the problem can be fixed, and I can obtain balance again without assistance.

  71. Vikash Pandey says:

    Because of front foot injury before 3 months I walked putting maximum pressure on my heel.After recovery of injury now I developed bad habit of putting pressure backward.I can walk upward comfortably on stairs but on flat surface there is painful pressure on my calf muscles & heel.So I can't move forward easily on flat surface.What can I do now?Is there any exercise for this? Please help me..!!

  72. nionvox says:

    I'm recuperating from a broken ankle. I've only just started partial weight bearing, but they said i can wean to a quad cane when i feel ready. Except…no-one told me HOW to use it, lol. Thank you for that 🙂

  73. David Parnell says:

    Rarely does an individual speaking into a camera actually project "connected cognitive presence" as if they were directly conversing with the viewer. I have found DrJo at a time in life where my future mobility is in question and I am in great pain walking these days. If you don't use your leg muscles you begin to lose your leg muscles. I must have developed "terminal curmudgeonitis" so that I dismiss "experts" too frequently and too quickly, yet DoctorJo has such warm, friendly presence in her presentations that I have become a "patient(a) patient(n)." Her personality and persona should be used to educate physicians on bedside manner. She confirms my philosophy, Eve was not an afterthought, Eve was an improvement!

  74. Miguel de Araújo says:

    Where can i see more of that cute dog!?

  75. stnicholas54 says:

    Thank you, DoctorJo. This was very helpful as I must admit I was a little confused as to whether or not I was using the walking stick on the correct side. It's easy to fall into the wrong habit or pattern.

  76. John Wolverton says:

    Thank you so much for this instruction video. I broke my neck two years ago and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Normally, I use a walker, but my daughter is getting married at the end of this month and I want to use a cane instead. I have a Quad Cane, but my PD gait makes it difficult to walk with it. Your video and practice should help so much. I want my daughter to be proud that her dad can walk her down the aisle to her husband.

  77. Olek Walczy POMOC DLA OLKA says:

    I just started to use one fourlegged cane at home, outdoor I gave up my wheelchair and I use two crutches. Good advices.

  78. Janet Green says:

    I just found your video and I have a question. I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees. The physical therapist told me I should be walking with a cane. I have fallen approximately 10 times over the past 10 months. Since I have arthritis in both knees what do you suggest for a cane? I know I need the stability to help me walk but I Was afraid one leg would be compensate for the other.

  79. Christian Del La Cruz says:

    Thank you! This was helpful. I have an ankle injury and the cane wasn’t helping until your video.

  80. Louise Pidcock says:

    Where can I get a purple quad stick like Dr Jo's?

  81. Shelby Snellen says:

    I fond out that I have arthist eating my knees 😣. Should I use a cane

  82. Shelby Snellen says:

    What do u think of a hurry cane?

  83. Shelby Snellen says:

    How should my hand be on the came? I don't want to do damage to my hands as well, arthist in all joints

  84. PotwashPrayers says:


  85. D Caius says:

    Very helpful video, thank you so much!

  86. Elsa says:

    which cane to pick after recovering from a double ankle fracture ?

  87. Melinda Spaulding says:

    I had surgery for a broken ankle (both sides) and went from a cast to a boot today. I’m only supposed to bear 25% of my weight on that foot. Can I use a quad cane to keep the weight off that side?

  88. patr10t762 says:

    I have been suffering from different levels of plantar fasciitis. From full on pain to almost healed and back again. Should I use a cane? If so on the same side as the injury and in step to share the weight and lessen the pressure?

  89. YellowChild says:

    im 16 and i have EDS, i got my first cane today and this really helps! ty!

  90. austin thaijam says:

    Is relying on a cane for support on days I want to rest counterproductive? I am able to walk without support but feel pretty sore afterwards. Not sure if it's a strengthening soreness or a "you did too much" soreness. My goal is to prevent a re-injury. Currently I go 4-5 days without a cane and 1-2 days with for support. Any feedback from experience greatly appreciated. Thank you

  91. Kristy Michel says:

    Doctor jo thank you for the tips
    I have mild Cabral palsy on my right leg only. In 2011 I kept falling downaftef high school and through the years after that I kept falling down. So I got a walker I didn’t have one through my school years only I had a walker when I was a little toddler, but I think it’s time I try a cane. But I don’t want to fall, I am getting physical therapy. I did horses for therapy and that helped a lot but when we stopped riding horses that’s when I started falling down. But I think I’m going to ride horses again, I just don’t know when. I’m doing therapy at Kiser

  92. Rose Lavino says:

    I have ehler’s danios syndrome and don’t typically have much problem with balance, but have considered a mobility aid to take some weight off my legs to prevent joint pain in my hips, knees, and ankles, especially when I’m standing or walking for longer periods of time. Would a cane suffice for this? Or would something that can hold a bit more weight like crutches be a better fit?

  93. James Bond says:

    My friend uses a cane. Only he doesn’t need it. For waking that is.

    It’s a flask cane.

  94. Fred Eversole says:

    Used a single point cane after hip replacement. It worked but I was always having to figure when/how to park it. Two years ago, after a shattered femur and transitioning from wheelchair and walker, I used a quad cane with wider feet than the one in this video. They recommended that style when I was in in-Patient Rehab. It was so much easier to walk with. Granted, I was using it differently than I did with hip replacement, but it was still easier to use and I felt much safer. Plus, as I was getting closer to stop using it, I could let it go while standing at the sink and it ‘parked’ itself.

  95. Cecilia Cumpián says:

    Doc! I have a question for you!
    I been using a cane (not quad) since the last year to improve my balance… but, now, I'm started to realize that it's not working anymore… every day it's worst, and I fell unsafety using my comun cane… should I use a quad or jump to a walking frame?

  96. Ted Combs says:

    If you are still checking comments on this video, I recently ordered a cane for when I'm having a bad day with my arthritis and/or degenerative disc. Should I just use it all the time or is it ok to only use it on bad days?

  97. Emily Peters says:

    @askdoctorjo what if I don’t have a weak side but rather I have I spinal injury and need to transfer weight away from my hips and tailbone to walk safely. I do have a wheelchair but I am trying for a happy medium given the difficulty of getting the wheelchair out every where I go.

  98. Mary Lightfoot says:

    Thanks Dr. Jo. Very good video.

  99. Steelhorsecowboy says:

    I was in a motorcycle accident and I heavily rely on my cane to help my balance. I would have a hard time without it. I have learned so much from your videos. Thank you

  100. comment commenter says:

    I would rather walk and look old than look young and not walk. I've been using canes since grade school.

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