How can choosing a wrong length for a white cane affect you?Choosing a wrong length for your white cane can make walking a painful and tedious process as you are forced to take small unsure steps. This results in either not being able to walk as fast as you want or walking faster than your cane allows and risking bumping into people or objects. Thus, choosing a cane that is too short can be uncomfortable and can make movement unnecessarily hard.
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Correct cane or stick length guidelinesWhen it comes to choosing the right length of your white cane, there is no single rule to be followed but care must be taken to try out a few lengths and determine which length is the most effortless comfortable and feels most natural to you personally. So how do you find the correct length of white cane for you? Here are a few ways in which the cane length is typically chosen that you could use as a guideline.
- One of the more common methods of measurement is to pick a cane that goes from the ground up to your sternum or your chest area when you are standing in an upright position.
- Some people prefer a cane or stick that one end comes up to their chin when both you and the stick are upright and its other end is touching the ground.
- Another popular technique of how to measure for a blind cane is to choose a cane that is approximately 4 inches shorter than your height and will come up to your nose if stood vertically upright.