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Cane Use

June 15, 2012

Canes should be used to help with balance, increase a person’s base of support, and lessen the load placed on the knees, legs, and feet. However if a cane is going to help achieve these goals it must be used properly.  To walk with a cane on level surfaces a person should:

1.  Hold the cane in the hand on your “good” side, so it give stability to the “bad” side.

2.  Move the cane forward at the same time as you move the side that needs help.

3.  Always have the “good”side take the first step.

Canes can help a person with osteoarthritis walk a little farther.



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