The cane is held on the unaffected side. It reduces limping by supporting the handicapped leg and allows for an easier gait. To adjust it, keep a straight posture and relax your shoulders. The hand-rest should be in line with the wrist joint and the rubber tip, at approximately 15 cm from the foot. The quadripode or four-legged cane offers even more stability.
Avoid using a cane that is too long, which will stress the shoulder, obliging the elbow to bend thus providing less support. A cane that is too short harms your balance. Using your cane on the injured-leg side causes a poor weight distribution and may cause various pains.