Slide show: Tips for choosing and using canes
A person taking a step with a cane
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Your cane should be held in the hand opposite your weak or painful leg. Move the cane in unison with the affected leg. Each time you step with the affected leg, move the cane, too — to give you support as you walk. When you step forward with the unaffected leg, keep the cane in place.

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