Using a Cane
A cane helps you get around on your own. Many different canes are available. The most common type has a single tip. But if you have balance problems, your healthcare provider may recommend that you use a quad (four-point) cane. Always use your cane on the stronger (uninjured or unaffected) side, unless told otherwise. Use the cane on the side opposite your weaker leg.
Support your weight on both the cane and the affected leg.
Then step through with your stronger leg.
Put your weight on the weaker leg and start the next step.
Up stairs and curbs
If there is a railing, hold on to it with your free hand.
Step up with your stronger leg first.
Then move the cane and weaker leg together as a unit.
Down stairs and curbs
© 2000-2018 The StayWell Company, LLC. 800 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.