Many people who need canes to help steady themselves find them inconvenient when they are sitting down or riding in an electric cart in the store. They easily get in the way when trying to shop, and there is no place to put them except in the basket. However, they often get in the way when putting groceries or other items in the basket, or they can get stuck in the basket’s holes.
Collapsible canes are more convenient for people who need to have a cane to help them get around, but they don’t want it getting in the way. With the single push of a button, the user can fold the cane and put it in a tote bag or under a seat when they are sitting down or riding in a car or bus.
Built With Safety in Mind
Most collapsible canes operate with the push of a single button. One of the things you have to keep in mind when using one is that it can collapse if the button is accidentally pressed while you’re using it. This could result in a fall and serious injury.
To prevent that from happening, most folding walking canes take care to design the button in such a way that it is difficult to press the button while walking with the cane. This helps to prevent injuries that could occur while walking or using the cane for support while standing upright.
Two Model Types
If you are in the market for a cane that reduces in size for convenience, you will find models that collapse in on themselves or those that can be folded for easy storage. Those that collapse in on themselves are easy to adjust to the height of the user, which is convenient for a young person who may still be growing and need a cane to help them walk, or for an older person who may be shrinking in height due to conditions like osteoporosis.
A folding cane does just as it says; it folds into thirds or sometimes fourths. You can carry it in your purse or a book bag when you’re not using it, which makes it easier to travel on a plane, in a car or when using a cart for shopping. It is also more convenient for when you’re at home, as you can fold it and place it on an end table or nightstand for easier access.
Rather than use a stationary cane or Irish walking stick, a folding or collapsible cane is easier to take with you wherever you go. Just fold it or collapse the cane, and put it in a carryall or purse so you will have it when needed.