Which hand should hold the cane for an involved knee or ankle

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Which hand should hold the cane for an involved knee or ankle?

Below the level of the hip, ground reactive force to an individual joint is relieved most effectively when the cane is held on the ipsilateral side as the involved joint. This position can be advantageous for climbing and descending stairs but can be disruptive to the normal rhythm of gait because of the reversal of the natural swing of the arm. The patient may find that the cane works well when held in the contralateral hand during normal ambulation, but then can change it to the ipsilateral side for specific actions or activities requiring direct force on the ankle and knee.

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