This article is contributed by Andrew Atkinson.
When the legs are a little less able to walk on uneven or slippery surfaces, or hills are becoming more of a burden, a walking stick can be a godsend and can give your ability to get out and about a new lease of life.
Walking sticks come in many shapes and sizes and are made out of many different materials these days. This is a big change from a few years ago when there were only a few options available and the choice was almost one type and one size.
In choosing the right walking stick, it is always a good idea to think about the type of use you are intending, i.e. heavy or light use, and also the type of terrain you are likely to encounter. These factors may influence the material of the stick, i.e. lightweight alloy, or a more traditional wood or cane.
Today’s walking stick come in a great range of sizes, thicknesses and colours, so it’s a good idea to shop around to find the right stick for your specific needs.
If you are likely to use your stick regularly in the outdoors, walking relatively long distances, then a maple handle adjustable cane may be a good choice. Maple is a naturally strong wood with good resilience to shock and general wear and tear.
Another good choice could be the Ergonomic Adjustable Walking Stick, this metal shafted stick has an easy to grip handle and is strong enough for most heavy or outdoor use scenarios.
For most users of walking sticks, looks do remain an important factor. Gone are the days where there was only one colour and one style. For all its relative simplicity the walking stick nowadays comes in as many colours, finishes and styles as there are ways to walk!
It is a good idea to choose an adjustable model of stick if you are likely to want to use it for a number of different situations, many models do offer good adjustment to height and handle fit so you can get the exact fit for your purposes.
The way you grip your walking stick can be affected by the handle design and there are many variations of handles. From handles with high grip, soft feel rubber to ergonomically shaped handles, it’s a good idea to try a few handle types until you find the one that suits your needs.
In terms of price, you should be able to pick up a good walking stick for under £20, prices do vary by manufacturer and features so a good idea to compare a few models to get the best deal.
Bio: Andrew Atkinson is a member of the Mobility Smart team, a UK based online retailer of walking sticks and many other mobility products. You can visit their website at www.mobilitysmart.cc