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Using a Cane

A cane helps you get around on your own. Many different canes are available. The most common type has a single tip. But if you have balance problems, your healthcare provider may recommend that you use a quad (four-point) cane. Always use your cane on the stronger (uninjured or unaffected) side, unless told otherwise.

Use the cane on the side opposite your weaker leg.



Image of man with cane

Image of man with cane

Image of man with cane


  • Put all your weight on your stronger leg.

  • Find your balance.

  • Move the cane and your weaker leg forward.


  • Support your weight on both the cane and the affected leg.

  • Then step through with your stronger leg.

  • Put your weight on the weaker leg and start the next step.


  • When using a quad cane, place the cane so that all of the tips touch the ground.

Image of woman with cane

Image of woman with cane

Up Stairs and Curbs

  • If there is a railing, hold on to it with your free hand.

  • Step up with your stronger leg first.

  • Then move the cane and weaker leg together as a unit.

Down Stairs and  Curbs

  • To walk down, step down with your weaker leg and the cane first.

  • Then follow  with your stronger leg.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2005-04-04T00:00:00-06:00


Dr West took such wonderful care of my husband Dick and that care extended his life by years. I continue to be fortunate to have him helping me to stay healthy. I wish there was a way for everyone to experience that quality of medicine.

By the way in the last two days this office is the only place that took my temperature before they would let me in. Shell Point and another doctors' office just ask you the questions as to where you have been lately.

Keep up the good work! PH

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