walking canes

A cane is a mobility assistant used to help support weight and improve balance. Canes are made with metal, wood, and sometimes plastic, and can typically support up to 25 percent of a person’s body weight.

There are three main types of canes: walking canes, quad canes, and seat canes, each offering different handles and a non-skid rubber tip. Each of these varieties has a different range of benefits and uses. Uses range from being weak on only one side of the body to having issues with balance to avoiding falls. Here are tips for selecting the right cane, and why you might select one type of cane over another.

Walking Cane 

The traditional type of cane is the walking cane, which most people are instantly familiar with. A walking cane is a sturdy cane that helps someone walk and offers support. If you have minor balancing issues or an injured leg, the walking cane is ideal. “The standard cane is generally used for mild sensory or coordination problems found in visual, auditory, vestibular, peripheral proprioceptive, or central cerebellar disease,” reports the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Walking canes are also beneficial for an elderly person to help them be more independent. People who have walking or balance issues should use a cane if they don’t feel safe and secure when walking on their own, have fallen before, or to help reduce some of the weight on an injured or sore leg. It can also be used to lean on something if you need to rest or to take some of the pressure off your hips.

As the most common variety of the cane, walking canes come in many different colors and styles, including the recognizable crookneck walking cane design made into the Tourist Cane. The height of a walking cane, which typically ranges from 29 to 41 inches, is important when deciding on the right one. The handle should be level with the wrist joint when the elbow is bent at 30 degrees. Since wooden canes aren’t usually adjustable, the height of these canes is more important than in metal or aluminum walking canes. 

Quad Cane

A quad cane is different from a typical walking cane because it has four points on the footing, creating a quad shape like the one found on the Small Base Quad Cane. It provides increased stability and is especially useful to anyone who struggles with maintaining his or her balance or has a permanent injury that has a high likelihood to worsen over time. It is helpful for individuals who have lost full movement in one or both legs, or who can’t walk normally while going through physical therapy after an injury.

Because quad canes offer less strain on your forearm and wrist, it is a good choice for people with carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoporosis, or other injury to the forearm and wrist. When in a sitting position, a quad cane stands upright, so there is no need to worry about it tipping over. 

Seat Cane

Seat canes combine the stability of a heavy-duty cane with the comfort of a seat attached. It is beneficial for someone who finds standing and walking difficult and needs to rest often. Individuals who can’t stand or walk for an extended period of time, even with the help of a walking cane, should consider a seat cane like the Cane Seat with Adjustable Height. When not sitting, seat canes work just like a typical walking cane to help with improper balance, weakness, and any other issues with walking.

There are many varieties of seat canes, including those that are built like stools, and others that have a folding seat. When choosing a seat cane look at the size of the cane and the seating portion to determine the right fit for your body.


Whether you choose a walking cane, quad cane, or seat cane, canes are excellent mobility aids to help ensure you are able to walk safely and independently. We invite you to peruse our wide selection of affordable canes from well-known manufacturers such as Guardian, Medline, Lumex, and Invacare today. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-390-8539 should you have any questions about our canes.