Slide show: Tips for choosing and using canes
Photos of four types of cane grips
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Generally, choosing a grip is a matter of personal preference. Consider a foam grip or a grip that's shaped to fit your hand. If you have trouble grasping with your fingers — because of arthritis or other joint pains — you might prefer a larger grip.

Choosing the correct grip will relieve unnecessary stress on your joints and help prevent joint deformities. Numbness or pain in your hand or fingers might signal that your cane's grip isn't a good fit for your hand. Your physical therapist can help you choose the best grip for your particular situation.

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