Getting Around: Canes
- Get a straight cane with a rubber tip.
- Hand grips should be comfortable and the height of the cane should be adjusted for best support.
- Hiking sticks or poles are also helpful and can help you keep a better posture while walking.
- If you experience freezing of gait there are laser canes and walkers available. In-Step has a laser cane with a triangular rubber tip that is more stable than a standard rubber tip and is easy to put down correctly. (Triangular tip is optional, not pictured at right)
- Avoid tripod canes or quad canes (those with three or four-point bases). People with PD tend to have difficulty using these types of canes as all points don’t touch the ground at the same time and provide less stability.
For more information on products to stop falls and increase mobility, contact:
In-Step Mobility Products Corp.
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Medical content reviewed by: Nina Browner, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina and by Fernando Pagan, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.