What is Folding Cane?

Category: Equipment


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 25 6
Improve mobility 13 2
Stiffness/Spasticity 9 0
Weakness in legs 8 0
Fatigue 7 1
Pain 3 0

Show all 22 reasons taken

  • 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 1
Mild 2
None 9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Folding Cane

Side effect Patients
Shame 2
Joint pain in elbow 1
Joint pain in hands 1
Memory problems 1


Based on patients currently using Folding Cane

Dosage Patients
as needed 10
daily 3
four times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Folding Cane

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 8
See all 8 patients who've stopped using Folding Cane


Currently using Folding Cane

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 4

Stopped using Folding Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence Evaluations
Always 6
Usually 6
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 10
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1 patient evaluation for Folding Cane

Peanut Butter
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Peanut Butter
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I have:

See Peanut Butter's full Folding Cane history

Sep 18, 2010 (Started Jun 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Balance problems)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: I strongly resisted giving in to using a cane until my MD asked me to try it for one week and do an honest evaluation. I realized at the end of that time that I had more energy at the end of the day. I think this is because I was using a great deal of energy just trying to keep my balance. I also think that I resisted because it represented my failure to "be normal"

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