Slide show: Tips for choosing and using canes
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If you use a cane for stability, you may grip it in either hand — whichever feels most comfortable. Pick up and move your cane in unison with the opposite leg. Don't place your cane too far ahead of you.

If you have an injury or disability affecting your hip, knee or ankle, your doctor or physical therapist might recommend a specific walking pattern. For example, you might hold the cane in the opposite hand of the affected leg and 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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