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Walking Canes

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Updated June 01, 2014

Walking canes are used to provide walking assistance for those with problems of balance or with weakness or pain in their hip, leg or foot. A walking cane can instead be a fashion accessory or carried as a defensive weapon. Here are common kinds of walking canes.

1. Crook Neck Walking Cane

Crook Neck Cane Walking Cane
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The classic style of walking cane is the crook neck cane, often made of wood. It is most often used to assist in balance or to relieve pressure on the opposite side of the body.
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2. Derby Handle Walking Cane

Derby Handle Walking Cane
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A derby handle is more stylish than the crook neck handle. It is also more ergonomically shaped.
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3. Palm Anatomical Handle Walking Cane

Palm Handle Walking Cane
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The anatomically shaped palm handle walking cane comes in both left hand and right hand versions. It is used by people with arthritis who may have pain or difficulty in gripping a crook neck or derby handle.
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4. Knob Handle Walking Cane

Walking Cane Knob Handle
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A walking cane with a decorative knob handle or simple knob handle can be used to provide extra balance and stability. Or it may be carried as a fashion accessory or self defense weapon.
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5. Walking Stick

Hiking Stick with Cane Shields
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A simple walking stick without a handle, fashioned from a hickory branch or other hardwood, can give extra balance and stability for walking or hiking.

6. Folding Walking Cane

Folding Walking Cane
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A folding walking cane can be easier to pack along and to stow away when you are seated.
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7. Hiking Sticks

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Hiking sticks are used by people who want more stability on a hiking trail. A single hiking stick is often used for balance and for moving foliage aside while hiking. They come in a wide variety of styles for handles, folding and length adjustment.

8. Blind Walking Cane

People with low vision often use a walking cane to identify obstacles in their paths. These are often made of lightweight materials as they are not used for balance or weight-bearing.
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