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Set The Right Height for a Cane.

So, you have a brand new cane!   The right height for your cane is important for your safety and comfort when walking. Whether you are a new cane user or an experienced cane user, you should know that your cane should be adjusted to you and to your height in particular.   Canes are adjustable in height in order to help you walk safely.     Here is how to set the right height for a cane.

 How to Set Your Cane’s Height

Metal canes are adjustable.  Loosen the tension screw near the bottom of the cane. Push the small button on the side of the cane. This will allow the metal poles of the cane to slide in order to adjust to the correct height. Once you have determined the height, be certain that the push button is completely lodged in a hole and tighten the tension screw  again.

Determine the Correct Cane Height

Wear the shoes that you normally use for walking. Your heel height is important in the correct measurement.   Do not measure while you are barefoot.

Hold the cane handle in one hand on the side of your body which is opposite your weaker or injured side. If you have weakness in your right leg, then hold your cane in your left hand. Let the cane tip rest on the floor.

The cane should come about level to your hip bone when you are holding the handle of the cane. This level should also be at the level of your wrist when your arm is resting comfortably at your side.

The arm should not be outstretched or stiff when holding the cane. A cane that is too short can cause you to bend over when walking, which is not safe. A cane that is too long will not support you adequately when walking.

Let a helper mark the cane with a marker or tape, so you can see the adjusted height. Try the adjustment, and try again to get the right fit, if needed.  Once you have determined the height, be certain that the push button is completely lodged in a hole and  tighten the tension screw  again.

 Getting Help with the Cane Height

A physical therapist can help you to adjust the cane to the height you need. The therapist can measure your elbow position and observe your gait while using a cane to fine-tune your use and safety. This is the right height for a cane.

Regular Maintenance of Your Cane

Keep your cane clean.  Wipe off any sticky substances from the handle and pole with a wet paper towel, and then dry it off.

Constant use of a cane will wear down the cane tip.  You can buy a new cane tip inexpensively at many stores. Be certain to fit the diameter of your cane to the diameter of the new tip.


Walk proudly and safely with your new cane that is the right height for you.

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