Hello - I'm 48, my sweetie is just 40.[Edit - I didn't want to use a cane when I was out with her, she doesn't look a day over 29 and I have a lot of gray hair] I can only go about
300 yds without my cane. With a cane, I can go all day, but that is pushing it too. I fought for years using a cane and put myself through Royal Heck for not using one. I should have years ago. I bought an ALu collapsable one and my daughter asked me to find another one cause she said I looked like I was 90. LOL.
For the last 2 years, I use one most of the time, even at work. I have a bunch of them. Adjusted to fit me. I have one`made from a tree, has some really nice design work and a bunch that I got at other stores. I have cut and shaped the handles so they fit my hand and I have one in each car, one at work and a couple at home.
I find them most useful at Xmas time when people lose thier manners, keeps the kids out of my way and helps to clear a path. I don't need to fall over some dummy either. Today - I would rather use this stick and get around a lot better than not have it and put up with an increase in pain, just due to my stubborness.
Find one that fits you and feel proud cause your still moving! - David
BTW - two of my fav sticks have red paint designs down then, one is black and the other is tan color. I choose the one that will stand out the loudest, given the occasion!
Edit - to include the main reason I never wanted to use a cane!