From Jane Fonda in “Grace and Frankie” and Anthony Hopkins in “The Remains of the Day”, to Hugh Laurie in “Dr. House”, the fictional Sherlock Holmes and the real-life Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill, one accessory is shared by them all: the walking stick.
It is a style detail that defines the character, tapping along with each step taken, elegantly and safely.
The walking stick is a part of both real life and literature, history and television, and so much more than just a simple support. It should therefore be chosen with care and attention.
Let us look at how to choose the best walking stick for ourselves or for our loved ones:
Should I use a walking stick?
Before examining the different types of walking stick available on the market, or imagining which “outfit” to match with your own stick, it is important to check first with a specialist that it is the aid best suited to your mobility needs.
In the period of recovery after surgery or trauma, it is essential to assess whether a frontal or side support is sufficient and appropriate, and to choose the best option with respect to crutches, tripods, quadripods or walkers.
A custom-made support
A second essential step of the selection process is analysing the physical characteristics of the intended user, considering weight, height, gender and build. In order for a walking stick to offer the right support, it is necessary to measure the distance between the user’s wrist and the ground, with the arm falling naturally down the side of the body, and then to adjust the height of the stick accordingly. The maximum benefit will only be obtained if the aid is adjusted to the right height. This will also prevent backache and incorrect posture.
Which is better, the classic walking stick in beechwood or chestnut, or a more contemporary version in carbon or anodised aluminium? The choice of material is not just a question of appearance, but also depends on the style of use. Carbon and anodised aluminium not only allow precise and versatile adjustment of the height, but are also highly resistant and lightweight. Carbon, in particular, is exceptionally lightweight.
Carbon and aluminium are also the best solution if the user has a heavy build.
Umbrella-shaped, T-shaped, open or closed anatomical type or ergonomic. Choosing the handle is a further, important step in selecting the walking stick best suited to your needs. The user’s specific mobility needs must be considered, deciding whether the stick is a simple support while standing or also provides balance while walking. Other factors to consider are the frequency of use and the weight load, and therefore the best width and degree of softness to avoid inflammation of the hand or wrist.
The stability of the walking stick can be increased by adjusting the width of the tip, which ensures that it remains standing even when not in use and offers greater support while walking. An oscillating tip can also assist movement and ensure stability with every step. Although the tip should be chosen carefully, it can be replaced easily if the user’s needs should change over time.
Not just any walking stick
Once all these steps have been completed, it is time to add a touch of personality. A walking stick is an accessory you can match with your own style, coordinating the pattern with your outfits or opting for a striking choice of colour.
The patterns proposed for the Brio line of walking sticks in the Mopedia range by Moretti SpA, for the anodised aluminium models, are tartan, checked, optical and butterflies, as well as metallic green, red or black.
Optionals and features that make a difference
A simple aid like a walking stick can also be equipped with optional features that improve comfort and safety. For example, you can add a fixed or flashing light with adjustable inclination inside the handle or insert a LED light into the tip. The walking sticks can also be equipped with acoustic alarms and a wrist strap and there is a foldaway version that can be placed easily in a handbag when not in use.
Do you want to know more?
Contact us to locate your nearest orthopaedic and medical supply shops where you can find the Brio walking sticks in the Mopedia range by Moretti SpA