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How do you determine the correct height of walking canes?

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To determine the correct height of a walking cane, wear the shoes you normally wear, measure your height, hang your arm at your side and measure from the floor to the crook of your thumb or wrist. The best option is to have a physician help you.

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  1. Stand with a relaxed posture

    Find someone to help you measure your height while wearing the shoes you normally wear. Stand with a relaxed posture.

  2. Hang your arm at your side

    Your elbow should be bent comfortably. With the cane, your elbow bends approximately 15 to 20 degrees.

  3. Measure from the floor to the crook of your thumb

    With your elbow still slightly bent, you should be able to measure the height of your cane. You can also measure from the floor to the crook of your wrist.

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