How to Walk with a Cane Correctly - Ask Doctor Jo

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Hey everybody, it's Doctor Jo, and today I'm gonna talk to you about how to use a cane

properly. You would think that such a simple thing wouldn't be that hard to do, but even

people on TV like Dr. House and Rumpelstiltskin, they don't use their canes right. And I always

tell my patients that you don't want to fix one thing and then have something else hurting

because you're not doing it right. So let's get going, I'm gonna show you some real simple

steps on how to use your cane properly. So some important things to know about the cane

before you start walking with it is to have the cane the right height. That's one of the

biggest things. You want your cane to sit about where you hip bone is. That bottom bone

the greater trochanter sits about right here. And you want your elbow to have about a 20

degree angle. So it's gonna sit about like this. You don't what it too high because that's

gonna make your shoulder irritated and hurting, and you don't want it to be too low because

then your'e gonna lean over into the cane. The cane is really just to assist you with

some balance. You're not supposed to rely on it and put all of your weight on it. The

next important piece is what hand to hold the cane in. A lot of those TV show people

like to keep the cane on the same side of their injured leg. You actually want to hold

it on the opposite side. So if I'm holding it in my right hand, my left leg is the one

that needs help. Your cane is gonna always follow the injured leg. So if that foot goes

forward the cane goes forward. If it's back behind, the cane is behind. So I'm actually

gonna walk a little bit and show you. You always want to start off with that injured

leg, so you can bring the cane forward. So it's gonna follow the whole time. So it's

not going first and then you kind of stepping and going through, that would just not be

safe at all. But it's following that side the whole time. Cane in the opposite hand,

following that leg. Once you do it a couple of times, it becomes pretty easy. Sometimes

it's hard at first if you think about it too much, but naturally we walk our opposite arm

goes with our leg. So we're just following our natural pattern of our body so we don't

end up making anything else sore or injured or irritated. So one more time. Walking through.

So there you have it, simple as that. If you have any questions, please leave a question

in the comments section. And if you'd like to check out some more of my videos, please

go to AskDoctorJo.com. And remember, be safe. Have fun. And I hope you feel better soon.