How Do You Use a Cane or Walking Stick Correctly?

To correctly use a cane, make sure that the point of the cane and the affected leg strike the ground at the same time. Move them simultaneously each time you take a step.

  1. Position the cane

    Hold the cane in the hand opposite your injured leg. Position it so the point is about one half-step in front of you.

  2. Take a step

    Push off from your injured leg. Swing the cane and the leg forward at the same time.

  3. Complete the step

    Bring your injured leg and the tip of the cane down at the same time. Step forward with your uninjured leg to catch up to the cane.