Walking with a Cane

Follow the steps below when you walk with a cane.

Step 1: Hold the cane in the hand opposite your injured or weaker leg.

Step 2: Move the cane and step with your weaker leg at the same time. Keep the cane close to your body for support and balance.

Step 3: Support your weight on your cane and your weaker leg. Step up to (or through) with the uninjured or stronger leg.

Step 4: Continue to repeat steps 1 through 3.

Step 2

Step 3

Tips

Below are helpful tips for walking safely with a cane.

  • Do not take a step unless your cane is firmly on the ground.
  • Do not place your cane too far forward. Your 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 cane tip regularly. Replace it when it is worn. You can buy new tips from a drug store or durable medical supply company.
  • Be careful when you walk on uneven or wet surfaces.
  • Use good posture when walking.
  • If you use a cane for balance reasons only, you can hold it in either hand.

Revised January 2011

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