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How to Choose and Use A Cane

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What kind of cane should I choose?

Your healthcare provider will help you choose the right cane for your needs. Canes are made from wood, plastic, or metal. A cane can be adjusted to fit your height. The bottom of the cane usually has a nonskid rubber tip to prevent it from slipping. The following are common kinds of canes:

How do I use the cane?

What are some cane safety tips I should know?

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