Slide show: Tips for choosing and using canes
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A cane can improve your balance as you walk or help you compensate for an injury or disability. But how do you choose a cane?

Most people do well with a cane that has a single tip. A quad cane, which has four tips, can provide a broader base of support but is often more awkward to use. Quad canes may help reduce falls in people who are recovering from strokes.

The following slides show different types of grips and ways to make sure your cane fits you correctly. Use this information to help you narrow down your choices. Also ask your doctor or physical therapist for suggestions.

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