How to measure for a walking stick

How to measure for a walking stick

We are often asked what is the correct height for a walking stick to be. So we've put together this useful guide below, which explains how to measure for a walking stick.

To measure for a walking stick correctly it's best to ask someone to help you. We've detailed the method used by many physiotherapists below. If you are unsure then please do consult medical advice from your doctor or occupational therapist.

Step 1 - Measuring the walking stick user

how to measure for a walking stick

The walking stick user needs to stand upright in the type of shoes they usually wear, with their arms hanging naturally by their sides.
Another person should turn the walking stick upside down, so that the handle of the stick rests on the floor.

Step 2 - Measuring the walking stick itself

how to measure for a 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 - Adjusting the walking stick to the right height

how to measure for a walking stick

Size a wooden walking stick
For wooden walking sticks you can then use a small hacksaw to cut the stick at this point. Remove the rubber ferrule from the discarded section of the stick and fit it to the stick.

Browse our range of wooden walking sticks here.

For height adjustable sticks

how to measure for a walking stick

Simply adjust the 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.

Browse our range of height adjustable walking sticks here.

Things to keep in mind when measuring for your walking stick:

how to measure for a walking stick

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.

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

Buying a walking stick online; how to measure

buy a walking stick online

If you want to purchase a stick online and therefore can't use the actual walking stick to measure, 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 ie. standing upright, in the type of shoes they usually wear, with their arms hanging naturally by their sides.

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