Walking Sticks Canes and Stickmaking Supplies

Correct Stick Length

We can reduce your walking stick for you Free of charge, please see guide below for what length it should be.
The length can be specified on ordering, in the final checkout area, under any other comments.

(any problems e-mail us at sales@allgoodideas.co.uk)

How long should my walking stick be?

Physiotherapists recommend the following method of determining the correct height for a walking stick. 



The walking stick user should stand upright, in the type of shoes they usually wear, with their arms hanging naturally by their sides.   

Please note that this information is a guide only.  Consult your doctor or physiotherapist if you require specific medical advice on this matter.


Consider the length

How to determine stick size when placing an order.
Choose 1 of 3 easy ways to determine cane length before placing order.

1. Measure the size of an existing cane.
Do this method by simply measuring from the lowest part on the top of the handle to the bottom of the rubber tip. Round up to the nearest half inch.

how to measure a person for a walking stick

2. Measure the stick user
a. Make sure the user has on the usual type of shoes they wear.
b. Have the user stand naturally upright as much as possible.
c. Have their arms hang naturally by their with a normal relaxed position. (Please see Diagram A for correct posture)
d. Using a tape measure, measure the distance from their wrist joint (bottom crease at the wrist) down to the floor. 
3. Measure your overall height in inches and half it., plus half an inch (Only use if Step 1 or 2 are not available as options)

(Although this works for most stick users it is not always exact. Choose this option at your own) Most users stick measurements will be within one inch of half the users height.
a. Measure height into inches...(example 66 Inches) then divide by two = 33 inches. (round up to the nearest half inch.)
b. Then add half an inch to this height.

The Estimated height would be 33.5 inches for this example.

(Please note: If we reduce your walking stick for you, from the standard length, it is not covered by our standard returns policy.)

(use for wood, lucite, carbon fiber or aluminum canes)This is a guide only and is done at your own risk.

Diagram B


Correct stick length

1. Measure your proper stick height by using step #2 (ABOVE IN STICK SIZING INFO).

 (**For accurate length another person should turn the walking stick upside down, so that the handle is resting on the floor.  Positioning the stick next to the user, make a small mark on the shaft of the stick level with the bump at the bottom of the wrist bone.  Using a small saw, cut the stick at this point.  Alternatively, if it is a height-adjustable model, set the mechanism to the appropriate height.  A stick fitted to the correct height will mean that the user’s arm will be slightly bent when they hold the stick.)
2. Measure your stick from the lowest part on the top of the handle to the bottom of the rubber ferrule. (see diagram A)
3. Take this length and subtract the length determined by step #2. This is will be the size that will need to be cut off from your walking stick.
4. To resize the stick, remove the rubber ferrule by using a twisting motion.
5. Cut the needed amount off your stick by using a hack saw or fine tooth blade. Make sure to cut it at a flat angle.
6. Replace the rubber ferrule and make sure it is on securely before use.
Example – A stick is received at 37”. The size determined in Step #2 is 32”. (37”-32”=5”) The length that should be removed is 5”.

Helpful Information

Walking with a Cane

Please see you doctor for proper use.

Using your Walking stick properly will increase stability and balance while walking or standing. You should use your stick on the opposite side of your injury or weakness, regardless of which hand is your dominant one. Put your weight on your unaffected leg, then step with your affected leg and the stick at the same time, a comfortable distance forward. With your weight supported on both your stick and your affected leg, step through with your unaffected leg.

When using a walking stick for balance, let comfort be your guide. Place and plant your stick firmly on the ground before you take a step. Non slip rubber ferrules help keep you from slipping. Check ferrules often and replace them if they look worn.

Never place your stick too far ahead of you, or it could slip and you could fall. Wear sturdy low heel shoes with non slip soles to help prevent falls and increase stability and balance. Avoid wet floors and paths because they may be slippery. Slow down and take your time to make your outings safe.

Going up stairs: Take the first step up with your stronger leg. Then move the stick and affected leg to that same step.
Going downstairs: Take the first step down with the stick and the "bad" leg. Then, lower the strong leg to the same step.

Winter walking: If you use a stick, it helps to plan ahead for winter walking.
Take plenty of time and rest breaks as needed. Watch out for slippery wet areas, snow and ice.

We sell ice attachments for walking sticks and canes that are designed for winter use with special tips to "grip" the ice (See Ice Attachment.).

Ice attachment

Preventing falls: Always be sure the ferrule on your cane is in good shape.
A worn ferrule is more likely to cause a slip on ice, snow or a wet surface. Ask about our "ice-attachment" device for the bottom of your stick, this can be found in accessories under stickmaking supplies, or by clicking the link above.

The ice-attachment can be flipped down for a better grip on snow or ice.. For greater balance, consider using two canes during winter walks. Don't forget about the proper footwear! Even with a walking stick, your feet can still slip on ice or snow.


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