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Definition : Assistive devices using a single shaft designed to aid the user while walking by providing additional support. These devices usually consist of a straight shaft including a handle at the proximal end and a rubber tip at the distal end. Canes are typically made of sturdy materials such as wood (e.g., walnut), light metals (e.g., aluminum), plastics (e.g., acrylics), fiberglass, or a combination of these. Most patients use only a single cane but a few may use two canes while walking; dedicated canes with a variety of handles and/or special characteristics (e.g., spring-loaded tips) are also available. Pedestal-base canes have several (e.g., three or four) distal tips to improve floor contact. Also available are canes dedicated for the visually impaired. Frequently having a white shaft and/or red tips, these canes are intended to guide visually impaired users and alert others to that impairment.

Entry Terms : "Assistive Devices" , "Walking Canes" , "Forearm Canes"

UMDC code : 10560

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