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How To Measure For A Walking Stick

Posted by Emily Ryan on

A walking stick can be an ideal walking aid for independence when getting around the home and outdoors, so it is important to make sure your walking stick is the right height for you, whether it is a wooden walking cane or height adjustable stick.

To easily and correctly measure for a walking stick, it's best to ask someone to help you.

We've detailed the method used by many physiotherapists below. However, if you are unsure, please seek medical advice from your doctor or occupational therapist.

How to measure the correct height for a walking stick

Step 1 - Position The Walking Stick User

The walking stick user needs to stand upright in the shoes they usually wear for walking, with their arms hanging naturally by their sides.

Step 2 - Measure The Walking Stick

Position the stick next to the user, making a small mark on the shaft of the stick, level with the bump at the bottom of the wrist bone.

This will ensure that the user's arm will be slightly bent when they hold the walking stick.

Step 3 - Adjust The Walking Stick To The Correct Height

Whether you’re choosing an adjustable or non-adjustable walking stick, the user's arm should be slightly bent at the elbow when they hold the handle, and their shoulders should be level.

How To Size A Wooden Walking Stick

For wooden walking sticks, use a small hacksaw to cut the stick to size. Remove the rubber ferrule from the discarded section of the stick and fit it back onto the resized stick.

How To Size A Height Adjustable Walking Stick

Most height adjustable walking sticks have a spring-loaded ball button push mechanism to adjust the height of the stick, usually in one-inch increments.

Simply adjust the stick height accordingly by pushing the small button on the length of the stick, and slide the inner shaft up or down to the right length, letting the button release into the correct hole.

Top Tip: A stick that is too long will force the shoulder unnaturally high. A stick that is too short will force the user to stoop.

How To Measure For Buying A Walking Stick Online

If you want to purchase a stick online and therefore can't use the actual walking stick to work out the size you need, simply measure the distance from the wrist bone to the floor using a tape measure.

The process is the same as measuring using the actual walking stick as a guide. The user should ensure they are standing correctly, i.e. standing upright, in the type of shoes they usually wear, with their arms hanging naturally by their sides.

We stock an extensive range of walking sticks at Ability Superstore and we’re constantly adding new suppliers!

View our fantastic range of walking sticks & accessories now.

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