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Choosing the Right Cane or Crutch: A Guide

Choosing the Right Cane or Crutch: A Guide

Canes and Crutches support the body’s weight and help transmit the load from the legs to the upper body. It is useful for people who have problems balancing and who are at risk of falling. Finding the right type of cane or crutch can be a crucial step in regaining mobility and independence.


  1. Standard Canes:

    These classic canes are a simple and affordable solution for those who require only minimal support. Made from lightweight materials like aluminum or titanium, they provide stability for those with minor balance issues, or those recovering from a knee or foot injury.

  2. Offset Canes:

    Offset canes are designed with a unique handle placement that allows for improved weight distribution. They are particularly useful for individuals with arthritis, or for those who experience pain or discomfort in their hands or wrist when using a standard cane.

  3. Folding Canes:

    For those who require a cane on-the-go, folding canes are a convenient solution. Lightweight and compact, they can be easily stored in a purse, bag, or car trunk.

  4. Quad Canes:

    Quad canes, also known as four-point canes, provide a wider base of support than standard canes. With four legs spreading out from the handle, they are more stable and secure, making them a great option for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or those who are recovering from surgery.


Crutches provide greater support than canes for individuals with more serious mobility issues. There are several types of crutches available, including:

  1. Axillary (underarm) crutches:

    These are the most commonly used type of crutch and are held in place under the armpits. AreteHealth's Underarm Shoulder Crutches are of this type.

  2. Elbow (forearm) crutches:

    These crutches are held in place by a cuff around the forearm and are typically more comfortable to use. AreteHealth’s Forearm Crutches are of this type.

  3. Platform Crutches:

    Platform crutches are a hybrid between crutches and a walker, providing greater stability and support. They have a platform under the arm, which helps distribute weight more evenly and reduces pressure on the hands and wrists. Platform crutches are not commonly used, except by people with a weak hand grip due to conditions such as arthritis or cerebral palsy.

When selecting a cane or crutch, it is important to consider your mobility level, comfort, and individual needs. A physical therapist or doctor can help guide you in choosing the best option for you. With the right mobility aid, you can regain your independence and enjoy the activities you love.

At Arete First, we offer a wide range of health and fitness products for individuals who require them. Our aim is to bring products of excellent quality to our customers, so feel free to contact us for any enquiries.