Most people do well with a walking cane that has a single tip – Adjustable Cane Single Tip or a Standard Cane Single Tip. a quad canes, which has four tips, can provide a broader base of support but is often more awkward to use. Quad canes may help reduce falls in people who are recovering from strokes. Other available solutions are folding canes. they are usually in a form of Adjustable Cane Single Tip but can also fold into 2 or 3 parts smaller parts. This is usefull and elegant solution especially if you want to store it or take it with you in a bag or suitcase. lastly there is also the offset cane. If you need a walking cane to bear weight—either for an injury, recovery from surgery, or to ease arthritic hip or knee pain—then an offset cane will provide the stability you need. The offset handle allows you to lean more weight onto the cane’s shaft, that way it reduces the weight you feet and back will have to bear.
Selecting a grip
Generally, choosing a grip is a matter of personal preference. Consider a foam grip or a grip that’s shaped to fit your hand. If you have trouble grasping with your fingers — because of arthritis or other joint pains — you might prefer a larger grip.
Choosing the correct grip for your walking cane will relieve unnecessary stress on your joints and help prevent joint deformities. Numbness or pain in your hand or fingers might signal that your cane’s grip isn’t a good fit for your hand. Your physical therapist can help you choose the best grip for your particular situation.
Checking the fit
Many walking canes are adjustable, but some are not. To make sure your walking cane fits you properly:
Check your elbow bend. With the cane in your hand, your elbow should bend at a comfortable angle, about 15 degrees. You might bend your elbow slightly more if you’re primarily using the cane for balance.
Check your wrist height. With your arm hanging straight down at your side, the top of your cane should line up with the crease in your wrist.
If your walking cane is too long, you’ll need to work harder to pick it up and move it. If your cane is too short, you might lean to one side — which can throw you off balance.