FAQs

 

Will The 3rd Foot Cane Work For Everyone?

The 3rd foot Cane foot is designed to move and maintain balance and an upright walking gait with your arm next to your side from the back of the cane foot to the front of the cane foot like a foot. When the 3rd foot Cane is adjusted and used like in the How To Use Videos it will maintain an upright, stable walking gait for a wide range of ages, conditions and injuries that affect balance and gait, including vestibular conditions, drop foot, two different length legs, CP, MS, CRPS, CMT, EDS, RA and people with prosthetic limbs.  In order to use the cane you need to be able to look up when you walk. When you look down at the ground you have less balance and less stability and your spine loses alignment. The only time you should look down when you walk is when you're on the stairs or making a transition from one surface height to another.  Please watch the How To Use Videos and read the Customer Reviews and watch the  Customer Videos before you buy the cane. If after watching the videos you still have any questions or are unsure how to adjust or which hand to use the cane in call Linda at 310-800-0110 or email her at customerservice@alignedasdesigned.com. 

 

Do you need to relearn how to use a cane in order to benefit from the 3rd Foot Cane?

The 3rd Foot Cane is not a traditional cane that you adjust to wrist height and extend in front of your body and lean on to maintain balance. The angled cane shaft and the offset cane foot of The 3rd Foot Cane allow you to walk upright without extending your arm and maintain or reestablish a normal heel to toe step, stride, and upright walking gait. When your feet strike the ground from heel to toe with your head centered between your shoulders and the palms of your hands facing the outside of your thighs it allows your hip, knee, and ankle joints to maintain alignment and work together to evenly load and unload the weight of your body over and on your feet engaging your core muscles with each step you take.  Watch the "How to Use" video to learn how to use the 3rd Foot Cane together with your foot when walking.

 

 Can I use the cane if I have drop foot and how do I use it? 

Yes. Linda's designed the cane for herself using her background in human biomechanics after she developed drop foot after a life altering car accident.  The 3rd Foot Cane foot has the same proportions as the human foot. It supports balance and the body's upright posture from the back of the cane foot to the front of the cane foot even a foot with drop foot that doesn't bend normally

Adjusting: Place the cane foot next to the outside of the foot opposite the foot with drop foot. Adjust the cane high enough so that when your arm is next to your side your weight is evenly distributed between the cane foot and your feet. If the cane is adjusted high enough when you press down on the front of the cane foot and the front of the foot with drop foot at the same time the front of the cane foot  will stabilize the front of the foot with drop foot and keep the toes from bending and curling under.

Walking: Keep your arm next to your side. Angle the bottom of the leg and the back of the cane foot out like in a normal step. Let the back of the cane foot and the back of the foot with drop foot contact the ground together as a pair.

The weight of the body rolls over the cane foot and the foot with drop foot together from back to front or heel to toe. When you press down on the back or front of your foot when walking press down on the back or front of the cane foot at the same time to provide a second point of contact that stabilizes the foot and keeps the front of the foot with drop foot from rolling forward. 

Keep your arm next to your body when walking and the front of the cane foot parallel to the front of the front of the foot with drop foot and not ahead of it with your arm extended like a traditional cane. When the cane is adjusted and used correctly the cane foot helps the foot with drop foot stabilize to without the front of the toes bending under. The heel of the foot with drop foot can then rise off the ground and swing forward.

Read the customer reviews from people with drop foot on Amazon and our website.

 

Can the 3rd Foot Cane help you recover after your Hip/Knee Surgery?

Absolutely! The  3rd Foot Cane foot moves and maintains balance like a foot acting as a third foot (or fourth foot when using two) taking weight off your hip, knee, and ankle joints and transmitting some of the weight onto the cane foot and your feet.  The angled cane shaft and the offset cane foot  of The 3rd Foot Cane allow you to walk upright, with your arm next to your side and reestablish a normal heel to toe step, stride, and walking gait. When your feet strike the ground from heel to toe with your head centered between your shoulders and the palms of your hands facing the outside of your thighs when you walk it allows your hip, knee, and ankle joints to maintain alignment and work together to evenly load and unload the weight of your body over and on your feet helping you regain a normal walking gait. Read the customer reviews and testimonials on our website and Amazon

 

If you have Elhlers-Danlos Syndrome do you use The 3rd Foot Cane with the foot next to the cane or the opposite foot?

Elhers-Danlos Syndrome weakens and affects the connective tissues of the body. It is common for people with EDS to have loose and painful joints and fragile or stretchy skin. Use The 3rd Foot Cane with whichever foot ( the foot next to the cane or the opposite foot ) will decrease joint pain, increase the alignment of the spine and other weight bearing joints and maintain an upright walking gait. Adjust the cane high enough to keep your head up and your line of sight in the direction you're walking (the only time you should look down when you walk wether you have EDS of not is when you're on the stairs or making a transition from one surface height to another ) to help maintain the alignment of the spine, and to maximize the visual field and increase the body's balance and stability. Use the cane foot to maintain balance not the cane handle. Keep your arm next to your side and your hand relaxed when walking. Let the cane foot and your foot contact the ground together from back to front or heel to toe to make walking easier and to engage your core muscles, especially the core muscles that support the spine. Use the front of the cane foot together with the front of the foot you're using the cane with when walking to help the heel of the foot that you're not using the cane with, rise off the ground and swing forward. The cane foot provides a second point of contact when walking that takes weight off the hip, knee, and ankle joints and redistributes it between the cane foot and your feet. When the cane is used and adjusted correctly it should make walking easier. Let you maintain more joint alignment and stability and engage more of your core muscles allowing you to walk longer, feel stronger and put less stress on your joints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Does the cane foot stand up by itself

No. Use the back of The 3rd Foot Cane handle to stand the cane up by itself against a wall or on the edge of a cabinet, a towel rack as well as on the back of most chairs using the cane strap looped over the cane handle. You can use the handles of 2 canes to stand the canes up by themselves. The cane foot does not stand the cane up by itself like a cane foot with tips that you extend away from your body and lean on to maintain balance putting stress on your spine and weight bearing joints. The cane foot was designed to let you stand up straight with balance and stability with your arm close to your side and your head centered between your shoulders without leaning on a cane handle.

How do I adjust the cane height?

 Adjust the cane height high enough so that when your arm is next to your side when standing and walking your weight is evenly distributed between the cane foot and your feet without leaning forward or towards the cane. Keep your arm next to your side, hand relaxed and use the cane foot from back to front like a foot to maintain balance not the cane handle like a traditional cane.

 

 

How does the 3rd Foot Cane compare to single point, 3 Tip, & Quad Canes?

The 3rd Foot Cane is designed and Patented to do more than just maintain balance like a traditional cane. The cane foot moves and maintains balance like a foot. Your head stays aligned and centered between your shoulders when you walk and you don't have to extend your arm and lean on a cane handle to maintain balance. You're able to maintain a normal size step, stride and walking gait when you use the cane foot together with your foot when walking and your feet are able to strike the ground from heel to toe necessary to engage your core muscles. Traditional canes are designed to maintain balance by extending your arm away from your side and leaning on a cane handle. The head stops being aligned and centered over the body. The  body loses alignment, balance and stability as soon as you lean forward or to one side and your feet are unable to strike the ground from heel to toe. 

Single point, 3 tip, 4 tip and Quad canes continuously misalign and force the body to move in ways it was never designed for to maintain balance. They keep your body from being upright with your head aligned and centered over  your shoulders causing secondary disability unrelated to age, injury or condition that someone is born with.   If you're interested in learning more about the differences between The 3rd Foot Cane and traditional canes, visit our comparison section.

 

Why is the foot of the cane larger in the front and smaller in the back?

The 3rd Foot Cane foot is designed to mimic the shape and movement of a human foot.  The back of your foot is smaller to maintain your body's balance and vertical stability when one foot strikes the ground and the front of the other foot bends and transfers the weight of the body to the other foot when walking. 

 

Can I use two canes?

Absolutely! Many people use 1 cane at home and 2 canes for daily walks for extra stability and to help them reestablish a normal balanced walking gait after an injury, stroke, or surgery. Others use 2 canes at home to gently  stretch and exercise with like on our Instagram videos.   Linda personally reaches out to every customer after they purchase -  If you have any questions before or after you purchase the cane send Linda an email or call customer support.

 

Can the 3rd Foot Cane help with Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis makes walking painful because the fascia that runs from the heel to the toes becomes inflamed. The 3rd Foot Cane is the only cane foot that  maintains contact with the ground the way the human foot. By acting as a 3rd Foot and supporting the foot and the vertical stability of the body from heel to toe it takes weight off the foot with plantar fasciitis and redistributes  it between the cane foot and the user's feet relieving some of the pain caused from plantar fasciitis making walking easier and helping the foot to reestablish proper foot mechanics. Proper foot mechanics allows the foot to strike the ground from heel to toe allowing the core muscles to engage with each step you take.

 

What is the science behind the 3rd Foot Cane?

The cane was designed following Davis's Law and Wolff's Law. Drs Davis and Wolff were orthopedic surgeons.  Dr Davis is best know for the term, "Use it or lose it". Davis's Law describes how soft tissue models along imposed demands, how that tissue will adapt, change or heal in the manner in which they are mechanically stressed. Wolffs Law describes how healthy bone will remodel itself over time becoming stronger to resist any loads placed upon it. The inverse is true as well. Bones become weaker and less dense if the loading on a bone decreases. If you walk bent over you will become more bent over.

When you walk looking down at the ground or leaning on or towards a cane handle your head becomes positioned in front of the rest of your body you are less stable and have less balance. Your spine loses its natural alignment and the muscles that support the alignment of your spine and weight bearing joints becomes weaker. When you look down at the ground when you walk your  step and stride must become smaller to maintain balance or you'll fall. You stop walking heel to toe and you have to walk on the front and mid foot part of your foot to maintain balance. Your feet stop striking the ground from heel to toe engaging the core muscles and your core muscles become weaker with each step you take. You are the way you walk. Form follows function. Bone function changes cause bone structure modification-Wolff's Law. If you walk bent over a cane to maintain balance your core muscles become weaker with each step you take because they are not being engaged when you walk and you become more bent over with time-Davis's Law. If you walk upright and stay upright you will become upright with time because you're using your body the way it was designed to be used to maintain or regain upright posture, balance and stability.

The 3rd Foot Cane's offset cane foot has the same proportions as the foot, smaller in the back and larger in the front. The cane foot supports and maintains the weight of the body from heel to toe, or back to front without having to lean forward or onto a cane handle to maintain balance like a single pt, 3 tip, 3 prong or 4 tip cane. When the cane is adjusted and used correctly with the arm close to the side the head stays centered between the shoulders, the shoulders over the hips and the hip, knee and ankle joints are able to evenly balance and load and unload the weight of the body over and on the feet.  The body maintains alignment and vertical stability and the weight bearing joints work together with the cane foot to evenly load and unload the body's weight over and onto the feet helping engage the core muscles responsible for upright posture, balance, and stability. When the body maintains postural equilibrium with the feet striking the ground from heel to toe you are able to maintain or regain a normal size step, stride, and walking gait. You are the way you walk! 

 

 

Does insurance cover the 3rd Foot Cane?

We are currently in the process of being approved for FSA eligibility.

 

Is there a warranty?

We stand behind our products 100%.  The 3rd Foot Cane and Crutch Foot have Limited Lifetime Warranty.  Find out more information about warranties on our Lifetime Warranty page.

 

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