The 3rd Foot Cane Helps You Stand By Yourself
The 3rd Foot Cane doesn’t stand up by itself, but it will help you stand up by yourself. Strong core muscles and upright posture help you regain or maintain a natural walking gait. The 3rd Foot Cane was designed to let your feet and the cane’s foot strike the ground together from heel to toe. The angled shaft of the 3rd Foot Cane allows the arm to stay close to the body and transfers the body's weight onto the cane foot and off the cane handle. The unique design of the 3rd Foot Cane distributes weight off of the hips, knees, and ankles just like a human foot. The angled cane shaft and offset, ridged cane foot let your foot and the cane’s foot maintain contact with the ground from heel to toe. When the feet strike the ground from heel to toe and the head remains centered and alignment over the body, movement between the left and right sides of the body are balanced and the core muscles responsible for upright posture, core strength, and balance engage.
The design of traditional canes with the cane feet centered under a straight shaft, like the HurryCane that stands up by itself, make it impossible to have coordinated and balanced movement between the left and right sides of the body. To maintain balance, you move your arm away from your body and lean towards the cane. This action puts your weight onto the cane handle, resulting in the hip, knee and ankle joints being overloaded on one side and underloaded on the other side. The head, line of sight, and the top of the spine become positioned downward and in front of the body instead of centered and aligned over the shoulders. It is impossible to have a balanced step, stride, or walking gait. The single point, three prong, and quad cane feet all become more vertical than horizontal as soon as the cane foot comes in contact with the ground. This keeps the user’s feet from striking the ground from heel to toe and results in a stiff, stooped, and unnatural gait.
Each limb and its connecting joints and muscles work together with the spine to execute movement. What happens to one limb affects and determines the strength of the entire body. Rehabilitation of one limb or part of one limb without addressing the effect that an injury, weakness, or lack of mobility has to the entire body results in a suboptimal outcome and long-term consequences. If a person has been using a mobility device that continues to keep their body from coordinating and balancing movement, then they will continue to lose core strength, balance, and stability.
When young children are learning how to walk, we tell them to watch where they are going. To keep their eyes in the direction of movement and not downward at the ground or looking at their friends. To stay focused on the task at hand. The only time we tell children to look down when they’re walking is when they’re using the stairs. It’s good advice for any age. If you keep your head centered and aligned over your body and your line of sight focused on the direction, you're walking your visual field will be large enough and your cognitive processing speed fast enough to alert you before you get near anything that may affect your balance. You’ll have enough time to stop walking and change direction or step around or over anything in your path.
From one of the stanzas from Admiral R. A. Hopwood’s poem, The Laws of the Navy,” On the strength of one link in the cable, dependeth the might of the chain.”
If one applies this quote to the kinetic chain of human movement, then the importance of developing or regaining coordinated movement between the left and right side of the body with the feet striking the ground from heel to toe becomes apparent.