What is Walking cane/rubber tip?

Category: Equipment

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Generic name: Walking Stick/Cane

A walking stick or cane is a tool used by many people to assist walking. It may be used to assist with balance, or to bear weight taking pressure off of muscles. There are many different styles to suit individual needs and preferences.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Balance problems 109 43
Stiffness/Spasticity 81 16
Walking problems 48 19
Imbalance when walking 32 7
Improve mobility 32 5
Fatigue 28 11

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 3
Mild 17
None 54

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Walking cane/rubber tip

Side effect Patients
Pain in shoulders 4
Back pain 2
Pain in right hand and wrist 2
Anxious mood 1
Balance problems 1
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 1

Show all 17 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Walking cane/rubber tip

Dosage Patients
daily 19
as needed 15
1 other daily 1
0other as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Walking cane/rubber tip

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 25
Did not seem to work 13
Course of treatment ended 9
Doctor's advice 2
Expense 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently using Walking cane/rubber tip

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 16

Stopped using Walking cane/rubber tip

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 33
Usually 24
Sometimes 12
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 33
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 24
Not specified 45
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16 patient evaluations for Walking cane/rubber tip

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onegratefulchickypoo
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onegratefulchickypoo
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See onegratefulchickypoo's full Walking cane/rubber tip history

Dec 17, 2015 (Started Jul 03, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Balance problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: This med helps spasms and also helps anxiety

  • 0 helpful marks
Soli Deo Gloria
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Soli Deo Gloria
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: b
I have:
PLS

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Oct 15, 2014 (Started Feb 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Weakness in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Walking problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Balance problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: The main issue with a walking cane is that you lose functionality of of hand since you always have it in your grip. I was fitted for an AFO brace which allowed me to regain use of both hands while still keeping me from falling due to foot drop.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Back pain

Aug 20, 2008 (Started Feb 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Balance problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Weakness in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Walking problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Back pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: If you can still get a way with using a cane to get around, I reccomend it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Back pain

  • 0 helpful marks
Lakotawoman
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Lakotawoman
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Most
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F50y
FM:5y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jan 17, 2013 (Started Apr 18, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Balance problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Pain in left shoulder, Numbness and tingling in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I have difficultly in using the cane on some days due to my hands/wrists going numb or weak or tingling with use. It also can cause my left shoulder to start hurting and causing a fire like burning and sharp stabbing pain.

  • 1 helpful mark
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