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Matt_Boyd

Walking sticks

Hi all. I'm being more honest about my limitations having been diagnosed with RRMS nearly 4 years. I'm looking to buy a walking stick, does anyone know good websites to research?

wjgregg

@wjgregg

Dear @Matt-Boyd, It was a big step when I finally admitted to myself that I needed a walking stick. I couldn't get around without one nowadays. Whilst I cannot recommend any specific sites, what I can stress is that it's very important that you get the correct length of stick. I would advise that you contact either your G.P. or the occupational health people at your local hospital. They will do the measurements and ensure you get the correct one. I make do with a standard N.H.S. issue walking stick but I use a blackthorn stick if I want something a little fancier. I knew what length of stick I needed before a bought the blackthorn. I hope you get sorted. Best wishes, Jon

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Matt_Boyd

@Matt_Boyd

Hi Jon, Thanks for your advice. That's good to know about the height. Other than sensory issues in feet, and weak ankles, sometimes I feel that just having something visible to other people would help when I'm struggling, you know? It gets tedious being told I dont look like I have MS, even though that is meant as a compliment lol!

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Stumbler

@Stumbler

@Matt_Boyd , just Google "Walking sticks" and the choice is yours. All shapes, styles, sizes and colours. Length is important as pointed out by @wjgregg , as is knowing how to use it. Yes, I missed that lesson at school too! 😉

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Matt_Boyd

@Matt_Boyd

@Stumbler 😅

katieeat

@katieeat

I use switchsticks. I like their quirky designs have several different ones. I also find them very sturdy. Again though height is very important so ask a physio or someone to go through that with you.

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StrictlySoca

@StrictlySoca

I use hiking poles that have a straight “handle” as well as the soft grip. It makes me feel less “I need a stick now” as I would use poles to do long hikes before. They are especially adjustable to variety of heights and are springy so they are easy on other joints like your wrist. They are also lightweight . It’s better to have a stick than a fall 😁

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Matt_Boyd

@Matt_Boyd

@StictlySoca That sounds right up my street, thanks for the tip! Thanks everyone :-)

watsoncraig

@watsoncraig

Get one from the NHS as well, PIP asks if your walking aid is supplied by them

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doubleo7HUD

@doubleo7HUD

Ey up Matt I spent ages when I got diagnosed looking for a good one that looks good https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ossenberg-Carbon-Anatomical-Folding-Travel/dp/B00UBVMU7Y/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=ossenberg+carbon+fibre&qid=1614077122&sr=8-4 this is the best one I found even folds up nice and easy so can jump in and aht tet car.