Canes & Accessories

  • McKesson Cane / Crutch Tip McKesson Brand 146-10374BK-8

    McKesson

    McKesson Cane Crutch Tip, For Cane / Crutch with 7/8 Inch Diameter

    Replacement tips used to revitalize cane or crutch and extend the lifetime of the the mobility aid.Replacement tips used to revitalize cane or crutch and extend the lifetime of the the mobility aid Fit most canes and crutches with 7/8 inch tubing...

    Starting at $2.99
  • drive Cane / Crutch Tip Drive Medical RTL10320BK

    Drive

    drive Cane Crutch Tip, For Cane / Crutch with ½ Inch Diameter

    Replacement rubber tip for Drive's small-base quad canes, such as model 10384. Black rubber tip will also work on crutches with ½-inch diameter tips.Replacement rubber tips are used to revitalize canes or crutches with ½-inch diameter to extend the...

    Starting at $10.69
  • drive Small Base Quad Cane Drive Medical 10301-4

    Drive

    drive Silver Small Base Quad Cane, 300 lbs. Weight Capacity

    With a four-point base and an offset handle, the drive Quad Cane provides extra stability and support. The height of this small-base cane can be easily adjusted with the push of a button. Its sturdy construction allows the user to walk confidently on...

    Starting at $23.99
  • Mabis Healthcare Cane Ice Grip Tip Mabis Healthcare 512-1368-0600

    Mabis

    Mabis Healthcare Cane Ice Grip Tip, For Cane / Crutch

    Ice grip cane tip is an attachment to the tip of most canes or crutches that helps to promote safer walking on ice and snow. This cane ice grip tip has 5 prongs for multiple points of contact with the ice. The adjustable attachment device on the Ice Grip...

    $9.99
  • McKesson Round Handle Cane McKesson Brand 146-RTL10342

    McKesson

    McKesson Silver Round Handle Cane with Foam Grip

    Standard-style cane for enhanced maneuverability allowing use in narrow spaces such as staircases. Features a round handle with a foam rubber grip -- smaller than standard canes -- designed for user comfort and to accommodate small hands.Round handle...

    Starting at $9.99
  • McKesson Small Base Quad Cane McKesson Brand 146-10301F-4

    McKesson

    McKesson Small Base Quad Cane, 300 lbs. Weight Capacity

    The McKesson Quad Cane offers a combination of stability and maneuverability with its small-base design. Its four-legged base ensures stand-alone capability, providing users extra support to lean on without the fear of falling or tripping. This cane is...

    Starting at $16.99

Falls are a common risk for people over the age of 65, and the leading cause of injury in older adults. Canes are popular mobility aids that provide users with extra support to reduce the risk of falling.  

Choosing a cane or other walking support for the first time can seem overwhelming, as there are many types available and a variety of features to consider before making a purchase. Here is a brief overview of what you can expect when you shop for a cane:

Cane Support Levels

Choose between cane types that offer light, medium, or maximum support.

Light support

  • C-canes are common walking aids with a C-shaped handle. They resemble a candy cane and provide light support. They are best for someone who balances well and only needs a little help walking.

Functional grip canes (T-handle canes) have a straight handle that extends at a 90-degree angle away from the main shaft. This handle design makes it easier to grip and provides more control to offer balance and walking support. 

Folding walking canes are advantageous for travel because they fold to fit into small spaces. These canes pull apart at various points along the shaft, then fold into a W-shape or V-shape. You can carry them in a backpack, on your wrist, or in luggage. They only provide light support, but they work well when on the go.   

Medium support

  • Offset handle canes offer medium support. They have a handle at the top that looks similar to a question mark. The offset design helps center your weight over the strongest part of the cane rather than behind it. 

  • Quad canes split into four supports at the base, which helps provide users with more balance. The canes can stand on their own and are less likely to fall over, but they do take up more space.

Maximum support

Hemi Walker is the most supportive type of walking cane available. It has four shafts with two handlebars that allow you to put more weight on it. The quad design helps you balance, sit down, and stand up easier. It’s heavier than other canes and doesn’t include wheels like a traditional walker, so it can be a little more difficult to move around. These canes often include a small seat in the center, which gives you a place to stop and rest if needed

Features to look for when choosing a cane

Cane Handle Types: As previously mentioned, cane handles come in different types. 

  • Crook handles are C-shaped. 
  • T-handles come out at a 90-degree angle from the top of the cane. 
  • A Fritz handle also comes out at a 90-degree angle, but has a curved design to be more ergonomic and easier to grip. 
  • Offset handles look like question marks with flat tops. The offset handle centers your weight over the shaft of the cane instead of behind it.

Material: Canes are made of different materials, but the most commonly used are wood or lightweight metal, such as aluminum. 

  • Wood canes usually consist of either oak or hickory. Both are very strong and sturdy. They provide a more natural feel and aesthetic look than metal. 
  • Most metal canes are made of steel or aluminum. Aluminum canes are very light, which is beneficial if you have trouble lifting heavy items. Steel canes are stronger and more durable.

Size/Height: To find the right size cane, stand upright with your arms hanging at the side, elbows slightly bent.  While wearing shoes, measure from the floor to the wrist to record the appropriate height for the cane. The alternative is to purchase an adjustable height cane that will allow flexibility in setting the appropriate height.  This option comes in handy for individuals who wear shoes with various degrees of sole height. Check your elbow bend with cane in hand. Your elbow should bend at a comfortable angle at about 15 degrees.

Grip: Choose a handle that you can comfortably hold for long periods of time to reduce stress on your wrist, hand, and fingers. If the handle of your cane isn't comfortable, you can add foam, PVC, or cushioned rubber to make it easier to grip.

Tip Types: Rubber tips are the most common tip type. The rubber helps to provide traction.

Tripod or quad tips are attached to a single tip with 3 to 4 prongs, which are designed to increase traction and offer greater stability.      

Choosing the right cane for walking support is an important decision. SimplyMedical.com has a wide selection of canes, so you can get the size, style, and features that work for you.