At the WCD Expo this past fall, I tried out a new cane from Strong Arm Mobility.
The site’s designed badly with a flash screen to discourage you, but this link will get you to a description of the innovative design.
Essentially, it serves the function of a standard cane, but relying on forearm support rather than just the wrist. It’s kind of a cane/forearm crutch hybrid, without the clumsiness of a forearm crutch.
I preferred it to any cane I’ve used in the past — it’s just as light as a standard cane, but feels far more stable, and the handle felt like a comfortable extension of my arm. I wondered if the rather attractive curve of the cradle would feel bulky or awkward, but I hardly noticed it, and the cane seemed to move organically with me as I walked.
The rubber tip is larger than typical ones, and has a natural grip and spring rather like on the soles of my favorite walking shoes. Foam sleeves on the grip and arm are a big plus for ease of use and comfort. An unexpected bonus is that the foam keeps the cane from sliding off of tables, chairs and walls it’s set against.
Retail cost is higher than a typical cane — at sixty dollars retail, about two-to-three-times the price of a basic off-the-rack model. Here’s hoping StrongArm gets their website fixed so people can contact them and find their product.