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When I first started using a walking stick…
I found that the walking stick itself sometimes caused additional pain (particularly in my wrists). So being ever resourceful, I started to look for solutions to my wrist pain. After trying several different types of walking sticks (some of which were really expensive as well as ineffective).
I came across the Flexyfoot Walking Stick Ferrule
The Flexyfoot works in place of the stick’s original ferrule (the rubber bit at the end of the stick which touches the ground). It doesn’t require any specialist tools to fit, and just pushes into place. As it comes in 4 different sizes it should fit nearly all walking sticks and crutches. It provides 50% more grip than a standard ferrule, and lasts for the equivalent of 300 miles. Its also been rigorously tested to meet CE mark criteria. Flexyfoot now also make walking sticks, crutches, and hiking poles which all work on the same premise of reducing pressure on hands, shoulders and wrists. My next walking stick purchase will hopefully be this one.
At first I thought it would put me off balance because it allows you to have the stick at a much greater range of angles than a standard ferrule would allow. But this element of its design has actually saved me from many falls! The design uses a similar concept to that of 4×4 car suspension. This absorbs a lot of the shocks, thus lessening the impact on your joints. It makes walking with a stick much easier on your upper body.
I’m now on my third Flexyfoot, and have been using them since 2012. When I first started using them I was able to walk much further than I now can. I also lived in a Spa town with cobbled and uneven streets that really put the Flexyfoot through its paces. I’ve used it in all weathers (asides from snow) outside and on a wide range of indoor surfaces. Now wouldn’t dream of using a walking stick without one! They do take a little getting used to, because of difference in the range of movement compared to a standard walking stick. They are a recommendation I make to all my friends who use walking sticks and crutches. My only criticism is that they didn’t make the black one available to the general public earlier. Grey can be a great colour but in my eyes it’s not for mobility products!
The ferrules themselves are also very affordable! They retail around £10 you can buy them here. Now I walk very little my flexyfoot has lasted a very long time – I’ve probably had my current one on my stick for nearly 2 years.