The Parts of the White Cane

Handle/Grip – The grip is located at the top of the cane. Most handles are black and made of rubber. Very similar to a golf club handle. Handles can also be made of other materials like leather, wood, or cork. They also come in different shapes, such as completed rounded or three-quarters rounded and one-quarter flat for easier gripping.

Shaft – The shaft is the long part of the cane between the handle and the tip. It also comes in different materials such as aluminum, graphite, and fiberglass. The majority of canes are white with a small section of red near the tip. However, cane shafts can come in all different colors.

Joints – The joints divide the cane into sections and are where the cane is folded. The number of joints depends on the type of cane. For most adult folding canes there are 4 or 5 joints.

Elastic Cord – The elastic cord is the cord that runs through the entire cane from the handle down to the tip. The cord is what holds the entire cane together and gives it the ability to be folded.

Tip – The tip is at the bottom of the cane and is the part that comes in contact with the ground. Many different kinds of cane tips are available and most are replaceable if they get damaged or worn out. If you want to learn more about different cane tips click here.

Published by Mike Mulligan

Is a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist who provides product resources, reviews, and tutorials.

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