Over the last 8 years I've gone through quite a few walking aids from the neatest little fold up cane that I could pop into the pannier of my bike, to a full on Zimmer frame that I used in hospital after my first hip replacement.
But out of them all my absolute favourite for long-term, every day use is my brand new, three-legged FlexStick.
Just looking at the picture you'll see how different it is and I just know you're going to be asking "Why three legs?"
The stick was created by Jamie Jordan and Randy Misenheimer.
Randy had been working as a physical therapist for over 30 years but had become totally dissatisfied with the way walking sticks were designed.
He says: -
Not a great review for an aid that's supposed to help get you mobile!
So the two friends set out to create their own walking aid, one that focuses totally on the needs of the user and their answer is the FlexStick.
The difference in the FlexStick isn't just that it has three legs, which in themselves provide a high degree of stability but each of the legs is individually spring loaded. The springs not only maintain contact with the ground, even on uneven surfaces, but also absorb a great deal of stress on your hand and arm.
Of course having three legs also means that the cane stands up on its own. If you've used a single point cane you'll know that they fall over with monotonous regularity and can be dangerous to pick up if you're not too flexible.
The stick is light weight - at around 14 ounces (about 400 gm) and come in a variety of attractive colours.
Finally, it comes with a single point tip that you can change for the three-legs (if you feel you no longer need that much support). Though please be aware that this will shorten the overall length of the cane and so won't be suitable for any one that's very tall.
The stick is designed and assembled in USA and delivery is free to US customers and international shipping is only $20.
There's a lot more information available on their website so I'll leave you to visit them if you want more detail.