Quad canes are useful mobility assistant devices that are employed in lieu of a traditional cane. Typically advocated for by a physical therapist, a quad cane is also known as a four footed cane. These mobility devices are similar in design to a traditional cane only they have a metal base with four separate, small feet attached.
A 4 leg walking cane will traditionally be made out of aluminum due to the durability and lightweight features of the metal. This style of cane will also typically have a length adjustment button that can be used in order to accommodate people of varying heights.
A 4 legged cane is typically going to be used by people who are dealing with limited mobility due to injury, age, or extended immobilization due to bed rest. Typically, any time that you are going to be dealing with balance issues, you’ll want a four point cane by your side. A cane with four feet can provide plenty of medical benefits, including the following:
- Assisted Mobility – Thanks to the wide quad cane base, you or your loved one will be able to maintain balance while moving across all kinds of surfaces.
- Steadier Than Regular Canes – A 4 point cane is steadier than a conventional cane thanks to the four points of contact, held firm by rubber non-slip covers. A four pronged cane can also remain upright even when the user is sitting, thanks to the base.
- Can Be Used On Stairs – Thanks to the range of base options, even a small base quad cane can comfortably navigate up and down stairs. The quad stick and base combine to offer premium support even when going up or down walkways and stairs.
Quad Canes Models
The medical market is flooded with different types of quad canes. We decided to highlight four of the best, most reliable options on the market.
How To Select A Quad Cane
Before you can start walking with a quad cane, you need to go make sure that you personalize the device to your specific use. The conventional quad walking cane cannot comfortably be prescribed until you do the following:
- Consult A Medical Professional
First and foremost, before using a quad cane you need to talk with a medical professional. Quad canes are typically prescribed to people who suffer from injury or illness to one or both of their legs. Traditionally, any time that your balance is in question and you are in need of extra support, a quad cane will suffice.
- Size Your Quad Cane
Once you’ve verified that a 4 prone cane is the appropriate tool, you need to find one that will fit your gait, arm length, and height. In order to quickly size a quad cane to your body, stand beside the cane and rest your arm, fully extended, against your side. The handle of the cane should be roughly level with your wrist.
- Select Your Quad Cane Type