Walking aids are helpful for patients who have chronic problems, including hip and knee arthritis, as well as those who have acute injuries, such as ankle sprains and leg fractures.
Single-Point Cane: A single-point cane is helpful for many conditions where a little extra support can alleviate pain and discomfort.
Quad Cane: A quad cane is a good option for people who need more stability than a standard single-point cane can offer, but who do not need the full support of a walker.
Crutches: Crutches allow you to completely remove weight from the extremity. Crutches require good stability and upper body strength, so they are often less useful to elderly patients. However, crutches can provide both excellent support and freedom for those with ample strength.
Walker: A walker is the most supportive walking aid, though it's also the most cumbersome. A walker is an excellent option for patients with poor balance or less upper body strength.