Too embarrassed to use a cane?
Are you somebody who is experiencing issues with their balance, but feels too embarrassed to admit that you might need a walking cane? Perhaps you don't want to be seen as someone who has a disability. But ask yourself, would you rather use a walking stick, or lean on a chair (or another person) every time you stand up? Would you rather walk on your own without any walking aids, but then trip over and fall, or use a walking cane and feel stable?
The truth is, there are many conditions that require using a walking cane, including Parkinson’s and arthritis, but also any injury caused by sports. We’re here to show you that not all people who use walking aids have paralysis, or are amputees or seniors. There are certain signs that you might require using a walking cane including relying on using one foot, experiencing back pain or struggling to maintain balance.
How to get over your embarrassment of using a walking cane
Let’s try to de-stigmatize using walking sticks!
1. A walking cane shifts the weight off an injured or sore ankle, knee, foot or hip.
A walking cane helps distribute the weight so your healthier side doesn’t need to take on all the weight.
2. It prevents additional injuries.
Being injured once is enough, you don’t need to get into another fall if one of your sides is weaker! Many athletes use walking canes for a few weeks or months.
3. Canes come in many shapes and forms and we produce a range of fashionable canes to suit everyone’s needs and tastes.
If you’re worried that you have to walk around carrying something plain, unexciting or unattractive, worry no more! We have a range of stylish, stylish canes made of quality wood to match everyone’s taste!
4. Walking up or down the stairs becomes safer.
When there is no stair railing to hold onto, climbing the stairs can be dangerous, especially if your balance is off kilter. Whether you're dealing with the aftermath of surgery or want to improve your mobility overall, learning how to use your cane while going up and down stairs can really help.
5. Using a cane can help reduce your pain.
A walking cane will reduce your chronic aches and pains as it will take some of the weight off the place that hurts. It will also help you walk with more confidence and maintain your balance.
6. Walking aids can even delay the need for surgery.
Canes, walkers or crutches can help you postpone the need for surgery by keeping some chronic issues, like osteoarthritis, from getting worse by reducing stress on the affected joints
Let’s break the stigma
Don’t feel bad if you’re too embarrassed to use a walking cane. It’s very human to be reluctant to admit that you need support. There is a wonderful article by Tara Moss who is a big advocate for using a walking cane with pride!
History is partially to be blamed for that sigma. In the early 20th century, people started associating canes with something unattractive given to men injured in the wars. Back in the day, they were supplied with basic ugly canes from institutions. These were clunky and noisy.
Here is how to start using a cane
Even studies confirm that it’s normal to feel embarrassed using a walking cane. We’re here to help you start using walking canes.
1. Check out our guide for first-time user.
2. Make sure your walking stick is the correct height.
3. Choose a design that suits your taste.
If you're looking for stylish and functional canes, check us out today