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How to choose the right walking stick?

March 14, 2024

Choosing a walking stick involves considering several factors such as your height, weight, intended use, and personal preferences. Here are some tips to help you choose the right walking stick:

Height: As a starting point your walking stick should ideally come up to your wrist when your arm is comfortably resting at your side. This ensures proper support and stability. Your health professional might suggest some further height adjustments.

Material: Walking sticks come in various materials including wood, aluminium, carbon fibre, and composite materials. Aluminium and carbon fibre sticks are light and durable. Wooden sticks are hard to adjust.

Grip: Look for a walking stick with a comfortable grip that fits your hand size. Grips may be made of rubber, foam, or cork, each offering different levels of comfort and grip.

Tip: The tip of the walking stick is crucial for stability and traction. Consider the terrain where you’ll be using the stick – rubber tips are suitable for indoor or urban use, while spiked tips provide better traction on rough outdoor terrain.

Foldability: If you need to transport your walking stick frequently or have limited storage space, consider a foldable or collapsible design for convenience.

Shock absorption: Some walking sticks come with built-in shock absorption features, which can reduce strain on your joints during long walks or hikes. The Mobility Store sell a shock absorbing product called a Flexyfoot Single that fits on the base of your walking aid.

Weight capacity: Make sure the walking stick you choose can support your weight comfortably. Most sticks have weight limits specified by the manufacturer.

Style: While not essential for functionality, you may also want to consider the style and appearance of the walking stick, as it can be a personal expression of your taste and personality.

Test it out: If possible, try out different walking sticks before making a purchase to see which one feels most comfortable and suits your needs best.

By considering these factors, you can select a walking stick that provides the support, comfort, and stability you need for your activities.

At The Mobility Store we have the widest and most helpful range of walking sticks, so if you’re searching for walking aids near me, or any daily living aids for that matter, visit our showroom.

While here, you will be able to speak to one of our friendly and experienced mobility team who will closely discuss your needs and help match you with the best product. 

If you can’t make it into our store, visit our extensive online shop, so you can get your mobility aid sent to you from the comfort of your own home. 

Get in touch with us so that you can improve your mobility today. 

Visit our buying guide for information about choosing a walking stick.