The 8 Best Walking Canes of 2019

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Derby Handle Walking Cane at Amazon

"More stylish than the crookneck handle, more ergonomically shaped, equalizes the pressure on your hand and wrist."

Best Budget: Carex Crookneck Walking Cane at Amazon

"Classic style of walking cane, assists in balance or to relieve pressure on the opposite side of the body."

Best for Lefties: Palm Anatomical Handle Walking Cane at Amazon

"The anatomically shaped palm handle walking cane comes in both left-hand and right-hand versions."

Best Style: Rosewood Knob Handle Walking Cane at Amazon

"Decorative knob handle can be used to provide extra balance or fashion accessory."

Best for Long Walks: Trekking Pole Walking Stick at Amazon

"A simple walking stick without a handle, fashioned from a hickory branch or other hardwood."

Best for Travel: HealthSmart Folding Walking Cane at Amazon

"Adjustable for height, telescoping for those who are shorter or taller."

Best for Hikes: Outry Collapsible Hiking Sticks at Amazon

"Single or pairs come in a wide variety of styles for handles, folding, and length adjustment."

Best for the Visually Impaired: Drive Medical Cane at Amazon

"Made of lightweight materials as they are not used for balance or weight-bearing."

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Derby Handle Walking Cane

Derby Handle Cane
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A derby handle is more stylish than the crookneck handle. It is also more ergonomically shaped and can equalize the pressure on your hand and wrist when you use the cane. Often, you have a choice in the size of the handle. This style is used to assist with balance and mobility.

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Best Budget: Carex Crookneck Walking Cane

Brazos Oak Crook Neck Wood Cane
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The classic style of walking cane is the crookneck cane, often made of hardwood. It is most often used to assist in balance or to relieve pressure on the opposite side of the body. You may like the simple design, often made from a single piece of wood. It can weigh under a pound while still being strong. It is fitted with a cane tip. You can find designs in a variety of types of wood. The crookneck can come in handy in assisting in other tasks, such as closing doors.

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Best for Lefties: Palm Anatomical Handle Walking Cane

Palm Handle Walking Cane
Wendy Bumgardner © 2009

The anatomically shaped palm handle walking cane comes in both left-hand and right-hand versions. It is used by people with arthritis who may have pain or difficulty in gripping a crookneck or derby handle. Some palm handles are also padded for extra comfort.

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Best Style: Rosewood Knob Handle Walking Cane

Knob Handle Walking Stick
Knob Handle Walking Stick. Courtesy of Amazon.com

A walking cane with a decorative knob handle or simple knob handle can be used to provide extra balance and stability. Or, it may be carried as a fashion accessory or self-defense weapon.

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Best for Long Walks: Trekking Pole Walking Stick

Brazos Walking Sticks
Brazos Walking Sticks

A simple walking stick without a handle, fashioned from a hickory branch or other hardwood, can give extra balance and stability for walking or hiking. You can make one yourself ​if you have the right wood available, or purchase one ready-made. Often, a leather strap is attached to help with the grip. You can carve the stick or decorate it with cane shields, stones, shells, or other memorabilia. 

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Best for Travel: HealthSmart Folding Walking Cane

Folding Walking Stick
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A folding walking cane can be easier to pack along and to stow away when you are seated. These designs may also be adjustable for height, telescoping for those who are shorter or taller.

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Best for Hikes: Outry Collapsible Hiking Sticks

Exerstrider OS2 Fitness Trekker Poles
Amazon

Hiking sticks are used by people who want more stability on a hiking trail. A single hiking stick is often used for balance and for moving foliage aside while hiking. Using a pair of trekking poles adds even more stability. They come in a wide variety of styles for handles, folding, and length adjustment.

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Best for the Visually Impaired: Drive Medical Blind Walking Cane

Blind Cane
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People with low vision often use a walking cane to identify obstacles in their paths. These are often made of lightweight materials as they are not used for balance or weight-bearing.

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