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hey! so I'm looking into getting a cane. does anyone have advice? I'm unsure of a lot of things. for example, how to deal with stigma surrounding it, knowing how to find a good cane, or even knowing if it'll really help a lot. I've been struggling a lot with chronic pain in my joints and also pots stuff and feeling faint all the time. I'm hoping a cane will work? but I don't really know where to start.

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    • Zach2021

      321d

      I’ve tried multiple different canes from off-label sites as they are cheaper, but I will save you the time and money. With any accessibility aid, expensive usually means good quality. I actually use a forearm crutch from the company Cool Crutches based in the UK. it not only helps with POTS complications, but with balance and stability which are equally important. If you aren’t interested in that brand, I suggest going to a professional instead of an online site such as Amazon, as those canes can cause long-term damage. Hope this helps!

    • Zach2021

      321d

      I’ve tried multiple different canes from off-label sites as they are cheaper, but I will save you the time and money. With any accessibility aid, expensive usually means good quality. I actually use a forearm crutch from the company Cool Crutches based in the UK. it not only helps with POTS complications, but with balance and stability which are equally important. If you aren’t interested in that brand, I suggest going to a professional instead of an online site such as Amazon, as those canes can cause long-term damage. Hope this helps!

    • Rosannabg

      322d

      I was really worried about getting a walking stick & I hated the one I was given by the nhs. I found it helped to get a more personalised walking stick in a colour or pattern that reflects your personality, I've tried to do this with all my mobility aids/braces as it makes me feel more confident. Unfortunately you always get rude people out there but at the end of the day if it helps your mobility/pain what other people think doesn't matter & you do become more confident with time.

    • chronicallyillchef

      358d

      I was like that before I got my first walking stick. Don't get me wrong, you'll still get some people look at you like you're faking, but it helps me such a lot. I'm more independent and have more freedom using one. My favourite sticks are from neo walks, but I started off by getting a fairly cheap adjustable one from amazon to see if it would help first. If you have any questions I'm happy to answer them :)

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One user recommends looking into "posture" canes or those with an upright handle to avoid putting too much strain on the wrists. To deal with the stigma surrounding using a cane, remind yourself that the mobility aid will help improve your quality of life and that using a cane is a way of saying "I'm willing to do whatever it takes to thrive." Another user suggests starting with a cane and considering other mobility aids like walkers with seats or wheelchairs if needed. Ultimately, finding the right cane and managing the social aspects will depend on personal preference and individual needs.

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