Which hand?

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prefabkid47
prefabkid47 Member Posts: 1,316
edited 28. Jan 2011, 09:20 in Living with Arthritis archive
It may seem a silly question (and hope it doesn't cause too much debate)!! :???:
Have OA in my left ankle and have occasion recourse to using a walking stick.
Do I hold the stick in my left hand or the right? :?:
''Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy''. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

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  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,719
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    The opposite side to the painful one. So, in your case, hold it in the right hand and bring the stick forward as you bring your painful left ankle forward to give it some support.

    I'm surprised you've not been shown how to tho'. if you've just bought your own stick it is important to have it the right height.
    Also to know how to tackle steps.

    Hope this helps.
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  • prefabkid47
    prefabkid47 Member Posts: 1,316
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Thanks stickywicket
    Will go away and practice :smile:
    ''Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy''. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Your hand, when holding the stick, should be level with, or just above, your hip - that means that the stick is at the right height for you. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben