Quad Canes to Help With Walking

June 20,2022

A quad cane is a mobility device that aids walking and mobility. It is similar to a standard cane, but it has a metal base on the bottom with four small feet that extend from the base. These feet have rubber caps that help reduce slippage on the floor. Quad canes are usually made of lightweight aluminum and are adjustable with a small push button.


Quad Cane


Who Should Use a Quad Cane


Occasionally after illness or injury, one or both of your legs may be weak. This weakness may prevent you from walking normally. An extended period of immobilization or bed rest may lead to changes in your balance. 1A quad cane helps provide extra support to allow you to walk independently and safely.


An advantage of a quad cane is that it provides good stability. Quad canes can also be used on stairs, unlike a standard or wheeled walker. While sitting, a quad cane can stand next to you and will not fall over. When rising from sitting, be sure not to use the quad cane to pull yourself out of the chair, as it may tip over. Stand up first, and then grab the handle.


Choosing a Quad Cane


When choosing a quad cane, it is important to work with your healthcare provider and physical therapist to decide if a narrow or wide base quad cane is best for you. In general, limitations in your strength and balance will dictate which is best for you. With significant weakness or balance limitations, a wide base quad cane may be best. If your weakness and balance limitations are mild, a narrow base quad cane may be the best choice.


If you are currently walking with a standard walker or wheeled walker, progression to a quad cane may be warranted. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider and physical therapist to see if a quad cane is appropriate for you. Your physical therapist can also teach you the proper way to walk with a quad cane. In general, you should advance the quad cane with your opposite leg. Once the cane and your foot are on the ground, your other foot can be advanced forward.