Use a cane– to help with balance. Speak to your doctor, pharmacist or local public health department about how to use a cane properly and ensure that it is fitted to your height.
- Keep your knees loose — let them bend a bit. This will keep your centre of gravity lower to the ground, which further stabilizes the body.
- Take small steps – and placing your whole foot down at once. It is important shift your weight very slowly when taking a step
- Plan your route – choose a familiar path that is flat and free of obstacles. A smooth, soft surface that’s free of debris will put less strain on your joints and feet.
- Take a break - if you feel any pain during your walk. Consult a health care provider if pain continues after your walk.