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How to use a cane


Updated June 04, 2014

Canes can be used for many conditions, including injuries, arthritis, or problems with balance. A cane is helpful in steadying gait and taking pressure off of an injured extremity.

Which hand should hold the cane?
When using a cane, hold the cane in the hand opposite of the leg that needs support. For example, if you have an injured right knee, hold the cane with your left hand. When you place your right leg out, swing the cane out with the leg. When placing pressure on the right leg, also place pressure on the cane with the left hand.

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