The Way You Walk And Why It Matters
When you walk with your head up, your arms next to your side with the palms of your hands facing your thighs and your feet contacting the ground from heel to toe your core muscles engage with each step you take.
When you walk looking down you must shorten the size of your step, stride and gait to maintain balance. Your body has less balance and less stability and your core muscles that maintain the alignment of your spine and your stability become weaker. When you continuously misalign and force your body to move in ways it was never designed for you become more and more bent over with time.
The only time you should look down when walking is when your on the stairs, making a transition from one surface height to another or on a wet or slippery surface.
When you change the way you walk, the neural pathways start being rewritten in as little as three weeks. By four months, new motor pathways good or bad replace the old pathways, so that your new way of walking becomes automatic. Practice good or bad makes permanent. You are the way you walk. Upright posture, balance and stability can be maintained as you age and regained after an injury.
***The 3rd Foot Cane is not a traditional cane that you adjust to wrist height and then extend away from your body and lean on to maintain balance. The 3rd foot Cane foot is designed and Patented to support and maintain upright posture, balance and stability from the back of the cane foot to the front of the cane foot.
Adjust The 3rd Foot Cane to leg height with your arm next to your side. Place the cane foot on the outside of your body. Your weight should be evenly distributed between the cane foot and your feet without leaning forward or towards the cane.
Wrap your index finger around the front of the cane shaft. Place your thumb across the top of the cane handle or around the front of the cane shaft like in the photos and How To videos.
How To Walk
1. Stand up straight with your head up and your arm next to your side and the cane foot next to the outside of your leg.
Angle the bottom of your leg and the back of your foot and the bottom of the cane and the back of the cane foot out in front of the rest of your body like in the How To Use & Customer Videos.
2. When you press on the back or front of your foot press on the back or front of the cane foot at the same time. The cane foot has the same proportions as your foot and can maintain balance on the back or front of the cane foot.
The front of the cane foot moves with and Not ahead of the front of your foot and provides a second point of contact throughout the walking cycle that will support and maintain balance like a foot.
***The cane foot can be used with the foot next to the cane or the opposite foot. Move the cane shaft on the outside of your leg not in front of it like a traditional cane with a tip or 3 or 4 tip foot.
* If you have a stronger and weaker side or are rehabbing after surgery put the cane foot next to your stronger leg use the cane foot with your weaker side or opposite foot.
Keep your head up when walking to increase your balance, stability and the natural curvature of your spine.
**After an injury or after hip, knee or ankle surgery adjust the cane a little higher for the first week two. Move the front of the cane foot slightly behind the front of your foot when you walk to distribute more weight onto the cane foot.
*** When bending down or on the stairs use the cane foot with the opposite foot.
**If you have to stand for any length of time without moving place the cane next to your weaker leg. You can adjust the cane higher to make it easier to stand if you need to.
*** Tighten the rings after adjusting the cane. If the top and bottom of the cane need realigning after adjusting the cane, turn the cane sideways. Put your foot on top of the cane foot. Loosen the bottom ring. Pull the cane handle gently towards you to realign the top and bottom of the cane. Lastly, tighten the rings.
Using 2 Canes
*** When using 2 canes move the canes with the opposite foot. Make sure the front of the cane foot moves with and not ahead of the front of your feet when you walk.
***If you have two different length legs adjust the cane next to your longer leg to match the height of your shorter leg.
1. Place that cane next to your longer leg.
2. Move the cane next to your longer leg with the foot of your opposite or your shorter leg when you walk.
3. Keep your arms close to the outside of your body when you walk and let the cane foot maintain balance.
Make sure the front of the cane foot moves with and not ahead of the front of your foot with your arms close to your side when you walk. The 3rd Foot Cane should not not be used with your arms extended away from your body like a traditional cane that you lean on. Keep your head up and your line of sight in the direction you're walking. Read the FAQ section for more information.
When both canes are adjusted high enough and moved with the opposite foot you'll be able to walk upright with a normal size step and walking stride without leaning forward or onto the cane handles to maintain balance.
Tighten the rings after adjusting the cane. If the top and bottom of the cane need realigning after adjusting the cane, follow these steps: Turn the cane sideways. Put your foot on top of the cane foot. Loosen the bottom ring. Gently pull the cane handle towards you to realign the top and bottom of the cane. Lastly, tighten the rings.
Watch The Video To Learn How To Use The Cane Foot With The Opposite Foot
1. Adjusting the Cane Height
Adjust the cane height with your arm is next to your side. Make sure that the cane is high enough so that your weight is evenly distributed between the cane foot and your feet without leaning forward or towards the cane.
2. Move the cane foot and your foot together as a pair
Place the cane next to the outside of your leg. Angle the bottom of your leg and the bottom of the cane out together as a pair like in a normal step. When the back of your foot contacts the ground the back of the cane foot contacts the ground together with it.
Let the weight of your body roll over the cane foot and your foot together from back to front or heel to toe.
When you press on the front or back of your foot press on the front or back of the cane foot at the same time. If the cane is adjusted high enough it will maintain your upright posture, balance and stability.
3. Keep your head up when you walk to increase your balance and stability
The 3rd Foot cane foot is designed to maintain balance not the cane handle like a traditional cane. Keep your head up and focus your line of sight in the direction you're walking to maintain a normal size step, stride and upright walking gait and to avoid or move away from any obstacles in your path. The only time you should look down is when you're on the stairs, making a transition from one surface height to another or on a wet, slippery or uneven surface. If you need to look anywhere but forward in the direction you're walking, stop walking.
Using 2 Canes
If using two canes, use them with the opposite foot. Move the front of the cane foot parallel to the front of your foot like in the photo and The How To and Customer Videos.
Watch the instructional video below to learn how to use the 3rd Foot Cane.
How to Extend the And Align The Cane
The 3rd Foot Cane's patented three-piece shaft design allows a generous 17-inches of height adjustment. The cane is adjustable up to 39" for adults as tall as 6' 4". As well as younger users and growing teens that are between 4' and 5' tall.
The cane can be compacted down to 21-inches for shipping. Unlocking the cane is easy when you watch the video or follow these steps:
1. Loosen the 2 rings on the cane. Place the cane foot between your knees like on the How To Adjust video. Press both "unlock" pegs.
2. Gently pull up until the bottom peg engages in the lower hole right above the lower ring.
If you are under 5' tall place the peg in the first hole right under the top ring.
Extend the top portion down or up until your weight is evenly distributed between the cane foot and your feet with your arm close to the outside of your body. The cane is adjustable for people from 4' to 6' 4" tall.
Tighten the rings after adjusting the cane to maintain the canes alignment.
If the top and bottom of the cane need realigning after adjusting the cane, follow these steps: turn the cane sideways. Put your foot on top of the cane foot. Loosen the bottom ring. Pull the cane handle gently towards you to realign the top and bottom of the cane. Lastly, tighten the rings.
Watch the How To Unlock And Adjust The 3rd Foot Cane Video on the Home Page. There are additional How To Use Videos on our Instagram Page. https://www.instagram.com/alignedasdesignedcane/
Now you can adjust the top portion to meet your height requirements!
Walking up or down a flight of stairs
When walking up or down a flight of stairs keep your line of sight on the stairs. Use the cane’s foot the same way you use your foot. Use the railing together with the cane foot like in the video. Keep your arm parallel to your body on a flight of stairs not ahead of it to pull yourself up. Watch the video.
Instructions And Safety Precautions
The 3rd Foot Cane weights 20 ounces excluding the cane strap. Domestic Shipping weight 2.2 pounds including the shipping box and packaging. International Shipping weight including the smaller shipping box 1.9 pounds.
The 3rd Foot Cane is a FDA registered mobility device. Patented in the United States, Canada and China.
Intended Use and Limitations: This cane is a walking aid and is not intended to absorb the full weight of the user. Not to be used by persons heavier than 350 lbs (159 kg). Not intended for use on ice or slippery surfaces as it has the potential to slip. Safety Precautions: Consult a physician before using any assisted mobility device. Do not use unless individual segments are secured, rings tightened and the push buttons are fully engaged.
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