If you have decided to graduate from a walker to a cane, congratulations! This is a great sign that you’re on the road to recovery and have significantly improved your balance, flexibility, or strength. Walking with a cane means you require less assistance than you did with a walker; nevertheless, it can still be a tricky transition to manage. Read below for some tips on how to make the change without missing a step!
Knowing When You’re Ready
The transition from walker to cane is common after undergoing a procedure like a hip or knee replacement. Patients recovering from these procedures will notice some pain immediately after surgery, but the pain should decrease over time if the patient follows the steps for recuperation and physical therapy laid out by their doctor.
If you find that your walker inhibits your ability to walk more than it helps, it may be time to switch to a cane. Canes are less bulky and obtrusive than walkers and are therefore easier to maneuver by someone who requires only light to moderate assistance.
For those who feel “caught in between” a walker and a standard cane in terms of balance and strength, stronger canes like quad canes or bariatric canes provide that happy medium between a lightweight feel and durable support.
Everyone Heals Differently
If you’re mentally eager to transition to a cane but still don’t quite feel physically comfortable without your walker, there is absolutely no need to rush yourself into it! Everyone’s body responds differently after an injury or operation, and the healing process is not a race.
People discover the right time to move on from a walker in different ways. If you find yourself losing track of your walker because you’ve absent-mindedly walked off without it, that could be a telltale sign that you’ve graduated! Don’t hesitate to consult with a doctor or care provider if you have any doubts about your readiness to become more independent or concerns about the rate at which you’re healing.
We sincerely hope your healing process and recovery of independence go smoothly from start to finish. Recuperation is always something to celebrate, and we want to help you every step of the way with high-quality canes and walkers! Be sure to come to us for the best mobility aids to suit your individual needs.