Walking sticks come in various shapes, sizes, and styles, which can make it confusing to know exactly what type you need. Whether you’re looking for yourself or a loved one, these step-by-step top tips will help you find the right walking stick.
Consider the Material
Wooden Walking Sticks: They are strong, long-lasting, and can be customized to the user’s height. Measure twice before cutting to ensure the correct length.
Aluminium Walking Sticks: Lightweight and durable, these sticks often have telescopic designs for easy height adjustment.
Choose the Type
Folding Walking Sticks: Ideal for occasional use, they are lightweight, durable, and easy to store and carry.
Non-Folding Walking Sticks: Best suited for regular use, these sticks come in various materials and handle styles.
Decide on the Style
Swan Neck Walking Sticks: Suitable for users who need extra support, as the angled shaft provides stability.
Tetrapods (Quad and Tripod Walking Sticks): Offer additional stability with three or four legs touching the ground. They are beneficial for those who are unsteady on their feet.
Walking Sticks with Built-In Seats: These clever designs provide a seat for resting while on the go.
Select the Handle Style
Crook Handle Walking Sticks: Traditional curved shape that can hook over the arm.
Derby Handle Walking Sticks: Elegant and supportive, they can also hook over the arm.
Fischer Handle Walking Sticks: Comfortable design for distributing weight and pressure, ideal for those with arthritis.
Ergonomic Handle Walking Sticks: Orthopaedic design providing comfort and support, great for arthritis sufferers.
Petite Handle Walking Sticks: Smaller-sized handles for people with smaller hands.
Consider Accessories and Replacement Parts
Walking Stick Ferrules: Tips that touch the ground. PVC or rubber ferrules provide better security.
Walking Stick Straps: Help prevent dropping the stick and keep it close by when needed.
Walking Stick Holders: Provide a prop for when the stick is not in use, keeping it easily accessible.
Walking Stick Bags: Keep folding sticks compact and easy to carry in a pocket or bag.
Remember, at Mobility Centre, you can find a wide range of walking sticks suitable for different needs and preferences. Take advantage of the crutches and walking sticks category to explore our selection.