Canes and crutches are two types of assistive devices available to help you with ambulation, or walking. Using a walking cane improves balance by increasing a person’s base of support. Finding the right Cane or Crutches will improve your mobility.
There are some differences in the size, materials and design of canes and crutches. Using the most appropriate cane can mean safer walking.
Canes and crutches are made with a rod fabricated from wood, metal, plastic, or glass. They are used by individuals as walking aids, ceremonial or professional batons, or as fashionable accessories.
If you break a bone in your leg or foot, have a procedure on your knee or lower leg, or suffer a stroke, your doctor may recommend that you use a walking aid while you are healing or recovering.
Many people have some difficulties with walking, which could arise from a number of different causes.
Walking problems vary considerably from one person to another. Common difficulties are:
As a walking aid, a cane is like a stick you can lean on while walking. A crutch supports the arm up to the elbow and is used mostly with a sprained ankle or broken leg
The most common styles of canes are single point, and quad or three-point canes. People often try to use a cane on their weak side. In fact, it goes on the strong side, but moves with the weak side.
On the other hand, there are mainly two types of crutches; axillary crutches and elbow crutches. The use of crutches may be indicated if a patient has lost the use of a limb or is having problems with balance and impaired strength.
Advanced Medical is one of the best home healthcare equipment providers in Vancouver, Canada.
If you need to purchase canes and crutches and are not sure which one is the best for your elderly parent or loved one, you can call us or visit our store for a free consultation.
Advanced Medical staff have many years of experience in the field of selling, servicing and renting home healthcare equipment. We are ready to serve Canadians in Vancouver who are seeking to buy or rent canes and crutches.