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.
The walking stick user needs to stand upright in the shoes they usually wear for walking, with their arms hanging naturally by their sides.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to purchase a stick online, or any other form of mobility aid, 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.