Walking With a Quad Cane

Follow the steps below when you walk with a quad cane.

Step 1: Hold the quad cane in the hand opposite your injured or weaker leg. Make sure the flat side of the quad cane is closest to your body. Step 2: Place all four legs of the quad cane on the ground when you move it forward. Your quad cane should be about one step length ahead of you. Keep it close to your body for support and balance. 
Step 3: Step forward with your weaker leg. Step 4: Support your weight with both the quad cane and your injured leg. Step through with your stronger leg.
Step 5: Continue to repeat steps 1 through 4.

 

Tips

  • Do not take a step unless your quad cane is firmly on the ground.
  • Do not place your quad cane too far forward. The quad cane should be directly across from the instep of your weaker foot.
  • Do not take steps that are too big.
  • When turning, take small steps and do not pivot.
  • Check your quad cane tips regularly. Replace them when they are worn. You can buy new tips from a drug store or durable medical supply company.
  • Be careful when walking on uneven or wet surfaces.
  • Use good posture when walking.
  • Check your balance before stepping.
  • Walk at a safe pace.

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