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Quad Cane Tips / Self-Standing Cane Tips

When it comes to quad cane tips, AvaCare Medical has a huge assortment of options so that you can find one that is perfect for your walking cane. They also carry self-standing cane tips, which are helpful in converting a walking cane into a quad-style cane. Quad tips have many benefits for the customers, and thus it is important to know how to take care of them and choose the best ones. Read more...

Quad Cane Tips vs. Self-Standing Cane Tips

Quad cane tips look nearly identical to standard cane tips. These cane tips are designed to be placed on the bottom of a quad cane. A self-standing cane tip, in contrast, gives a regular cane an extra modicum of support: This tip is larger than the standard cane tip, so that it provides the (standard; not quad) cane with a wider and therefore more supportive base. 

Extra Benefits of Quad Canes

Quad canes are quite a bit different than regular canes. One should keep in mind the entire range of benefits when choosing his preferred model. This is especially true because, as mentioned previously, there are two different types of quad cane tipped canes; some feature a single quad tip, and others actually have four metal prongs, or feet, sticking out from the shaft (and each foot needs to be covered with a tip designed for placement on the prongs of a quad cane). Some of the benefits are:

Safety

Quad cane tips are made in order to replace the rubber cane tips that typically come with a quad cane. These quad ends provide more stability for the user, and offer increased mobility so that it’s easier to walk on various different types of terrain. If one is considering upgrading his standard tip, a quad cane tip is an excellent option. Having a quad cane can greatly increase user security and safety.

Self-standing tips essentially add four-point cane tips to the end of your standard walking stick. This allows the same functionality as some high quality aluminum quad canes. While they are not designed for use with actual quad canes, these 4-point cane tips can provide the user with similar balance and support like he would get with a quad cane.

Mobility + Balance 

Another point to realize about quad tips is that these tips help to further increase mobility, and they function differently than other cane tips. For example, a regular singular cane tip will actually be putting pressure on the same spot hundreds (and possibly thousands) of times per day. With a quad cane tip, or even a free standing cane tip, however, one may be able to increase his mobility and balance coordination since this cane allows the user to have more control. Distributing the weight across four points allows for increased stability, and a more natural gait.

Taking Care of Your Cane Tips

The most important thing that a user could do when it comes to maintaining his cane tips is to perform frequent inspections. Over time, cane tips experience wear and even break down as the rubber begins to erode. Therefore, it is extremely important to check your cane tip on a daily basis to see if there is any uneven wear and tear. When it comes to self-standing cane tips, one must realize that because of the uneven weight distribution on the tip itself, the cane tip needs to be rotated regularly to maximize exposure on all four prongs. This will allow the cane tip to last longer, much like rotating your vehicle’s tires would allow for the tires to stay in better condition. Doing the aforementioned will prevent one point from continuously receiving the same amount of pressure constantly. 

The effect of a cane tip wearing down is very similar to the way shoes work. If a person does the same activity over and over again in the same shoes, the user will end up with shoes that are worn down in the spots that do the most work. Such is the case with quad cane tips and free standing cane tips, which will often have one side that is worn down faster than the rest since it takes the initial weight bearing of each step.

Replacing Current Tips with Quad Cane Tips

Quad canes generally feature legs with smaller diameters in comparison to single-stalked canes. If one is interested in adding a self-standing tip to a standard cane, he may want to consider using a Carex self-standing cane tip for maximum support and safety. If he has a quad cane, he should opt for quad cane tips with smaller in diameters (up to a half inch in most cases), since the cane legs are much smaller as well.

To replace a cane tip, one must remove the old tip first. During this process, the user may notice that the suction on his cane is probably a lot stronger than he thought it was when he first installed a tip. Some people find this challenging, but there are a few ways that people can safely remove their cane tips from the bottom of their model. 

Twist and Pull

By twisting and pulling at the same time, the vacuum seal created by the tip itself is broken down. This method may take a while, and some people may find this harder to do depending on their physical capabilities. It may also be harder if the cane tip has formed an extremely tight seal to a user’s cane. If this is the case, other methods may need to be employed.

Insert a Pin

Some people use bobby pins or thin tools like small flat screwdrivers in order to break the seal. Either way, one should ensure safety when he inserts a “tool” into the tip’s side in order to break the vacuum seal and be able to twist and remove it.

Apply Heat

Quad cane tips, self-standing tips, and even tripod cane tips can also be loosened by applying heat. Devices such as a blow-dryers can help. Users who may have trouble with this method should ask for help.

Cut it Out

This method should be a last resort. A user should always use a box cutter or a paring knife carefully, and keep the sharp edge pointed away from him. One can make an incision down from the top of the tip to the bottom. By cutting the cane tip in half, the vacuum seal will be broken, freeing the tip from the cane. Users should seek help if unable to complete this task safely, and should always wash the cane afterwards.

At AvaCare Medical, we know that it is important to have high quality replacements for your quad cane tips, and that sometimes, they are hard to find for a good price. All of our self-standing cane tips come with a full 30-day money back guarantee, and buyers can check our walking cane buyer’s guide for further product explanations. We are happy to address any questions or concerns. Simply email, chat with a representative during business hours, or give us a call at 1-877-813-7799 now.