Sam had been a good friend in high school many years ago, but we had lost touch during those middle years of life. It was a surprise when I got a call that he was back in town, and a disturbing bit of knowledge that his health problems had dimmed his vivacious personality. He had been a leader of many of our escapades as teenagers, and depression was not a word that suited Sam. When his wife had called a couple months ago, we were just leaving for a trip, but now, I rang the doorbell with hesitation.
A warm cheery greeting caught me by surprise, and while somewhat thinner than his last reunion picture, Sam stood tall and confident with a stylish red cane giving support in his right hand. I didn’t need to worry about conversation for we were soon catching up with each other’s news. I finally admitted to my old friend that I was relieved that he hadn’t changed. “Well, I did for a while.” he commented. “I was not meant for the sedentary life, but then Harry came.” I did not have to wait long debating if Harry was a companion, a dog, or a new car. With gusto, he introduced “Harry” as the bright object taking steps with him. “My wife gave me this cane and said ‘Get out of that chair and start moving’. It wasn’t easy, but with exercise and Harry, I did it.” I listened as he explained the confidence that the cane slowly gave him with his first adventures on his new leg.
Review of Canes on Amazon.com
As I reviewed canes on the market, I found a great variety on Amazon.com. It is important that the needs of the owner be coupled with the special assets of a cane.
1. NOVA Medical Products Sugarcane with Offset Handle, Walnut Grain
The large rubber,quad tip base which keeps this cane standing straight on flat surfaces, is its most outstanding feature. Comments also mention the extra stability the base provides on uneven ground. “It is flexible and doesn’t wobble.” It is more stable in winter weather and gives better support when walking outside. The soft foam grip on the handle takes pressure for the hands and wrist, and its chip and fade resistant colors provide style. It is super lightweight and can handle 300 pounds. The wrist strap is often an extra convenience.
2. Adjustable Quad Cane By Vive – Lightweight Walking Stick for Men & Women
This lightweight walking cane by Vive is designed to adjust for either right or left=handed individuals. It is safe and has four slip resistant, non-skid rubber tips to support 300 pounds. Pins can adjust height by inches for individuals 5’5” to 6’6”. Portable and lightweight, this cane comes in red, and its quality and durability gives it a lifetime guarantee.
3. Ez2care Adjustable Lightweight Folding Quad Cane
By simply pressing a release knob, this cane will work in either hand and fit on either the left or right side. Offset foam on the contoured handle gives an easy grip and confortable touch. Easy folding allows carrying and storage. It holds 250 pounds, adjusts from 29 to 37 inchs, and is an attractive metallic black.
4. My Cane – Pivoting Quad Base, Folding Cane with Adjustable led light and cushion handle
The large pivotable base gives added security in all terrain and allows excellent standing ability. It has 6 LED lights which can be adjusted for direction and provides good light for night travel. It received 4.2 out of 5 rating.
5. Ohuhu Folding Walking Cane Walking Stick With Adjustable LED Lights Carrying Bag For Men / Women
This cane provides an easy walk on all terrain with the anti-slip pivoting base. Its anodized aluminum body is strong for safety and yet lightweight for portability. It folds up in seconds into a carrying bag. It has 6 adjustable LED lights for night walking, and 5 adjustable height levels with l inch increments from 32 inches to 37 inches. The handle is contoured to help palm and wrist pressure, and there is a rubber tip for extra grip.
6. DMI Adjustable Multi-Color Quad Cane, Small Base
The small base quad on this cane gives extra support of a 4 footed base and more stability than a standard cane. It is very adjustable, stable, and strong, and allows comfort for long walks. It also allows you to use it on stairs and lighter areas. The slip resistant rubber feet give more traction on wet surfaces. The soft foam handle provides a comfortable grip and the metallic colors offer a splash of dash!
7. Anpress Adjustable Handle Folding Smart Cane with LED Light
This cane has bases which are changeable. The pivoting base, designed like the human ankle, features a 360 degree free rotation. Its 4 points are for independent standing and bending. Antslip rubber tip prevent falls and it supports up to 300 pounds. This is a great cane for outdoors and camping. Its height is adjustable, and it has a handle designed to fit the contour of the palm and relieve pressure. Although it is made of extra thick aluminum, it is lightweight and slim. Built-in LED lamps point forward and make it a good night walking helper. It has a hand strap and pouch.
8. Travel Adjustable Folding Canes and Walking Sticks for Men and Women with Led Light and Cushion Handle for Arthritis Seniors Disabled and Elderly Best Mobility Aids Cane
There is both left and right hand version of the arthritis grip cane. The contour of the handle is made in order to fit a wide grip suited for use by people with rheumatoid arthritis and other similar conditions. Weight is evenly divided across the hand, helping to reduce strain on fingers and wrist. Height can also be easily adjusted to suit the individual and it comes in attractive colors..
9. Hugo Mobility Adjustable Quad Cane for Right or Left Hand Use, Rose, Large Base
Hugo canes are described as “canes that instill the confidence you need to get on with life. . If you could use a little help with balance or strength, Hugo canes can provide it.” They are adjustable and come in Ebony, Cocoa, Black, and Rose. They are easily accessable for purchase at Walgreen and Walmart as well as Amazon.com. Some vary with adjustments for harder walking, durability, and stability.
10. HealthSmart Quad Cane, Sit To Stand Walker, Adjustable Quad Cane
More supportive than a cane is the sit to stand walker by HealthSmart. It has slip resistant rfubber tips which improves mobility and confidence. It is adjustable which prevents bending and has a 4 foot base for use on stairs and narrow spaces. Its soft foam handles give no strain on the grip even after long hours of use. It carries the Amazon Exclusive Limited Warranty.
At first I thought that only Sam could bond with a piece of aluminum, even a red piece, but when I become familiar with various features of canes on the market, I realized that much consideration has been given to merging the needs of the mind and body with the canes of today. While speed might be slow, the cane says “Let’s go!” Mobility is an adventure it wants to share!.