Traditional walking canes don't have 'ankles'. They may provide good grip on the walking surface when the cane tip is normal to the ground. Most of the time; however, only an edge of the tip actually contacts the surface. As canes tilt throughout a normal gait cycle, little gripping surface remains in contact with the ground which often results in slips and falls.
The FlexTIP design solves this slipping issue, resulting in the most stable and comfortable single point cane ever made! Our feet are able to articulate to stay flat on the ground surface because we have ankles that enable them to adjust as we move about our world. With our new TIP, we use a spring that ‘flexes’ like the old 'Slinky' toy we played with as kids. It allows the bottom of the tip to remain in full contact with the walking surface as the cane tilts while you move through your walking gait. In the middle of the spring is a metal shaft that holds the top and bottom of the tip together.
It is much like a leg - with a bone in the middle (shaft) surrounded by flexible ligaments and muscles (the spring). That's how we designed our FlexTIP!
The FlexTIP adjusts to the ground surface even tilted at a very large angle; plus, it freely pivots in all directions / any angle – Front/Back – Left/Right or anywhere in between, it tilts all direction – A full 360˚ circle!
Would the real 'stand alone' cane ...PLEASE stand up?
You’ve seen the commercials—HurryCane® users gleefully using their new walking cane product. By all appearances, independence has been restored and the issues associated with conventional cane use have been rectified and resolved. However, upon reading the HurryCane® reviews, you might discover that there’s not all that much satisfaction with the product to be found.
With almost double the width of the HurryCane’s footprint size, the FlexSTICK™ provides superb stability on any number of uneven ground surfaces, with each leg independently contracting and expanding to variations in points of contact. FlexSTICK’s unique ability to maintain constant contact with all three surface points, makes it an innovative leader in today’s assistive walking devices market.
The FlexSTICK™ was created by physical therapist Randy Misenheimer, to address the stability, balance and comfort issues inherently found with traditional walking cane usage. FlexSTICKS™ solves the problems other canes don’t by offering real solutions.
FlexSTICK easily stands on balance ball. One of the greatest concerns for cane users is the pote
ntial loss of balance when reaching or bending over to retrieve their cane. The FlexSTICK™ is designed to function as a free-standing cane, which remains upright on a wide variety of surfaces including grass, gravel, cracked pavement, bricks, carpet, wood floors, tile, and natural walkways. We put our product to the test in unconventional ways, just to make our point. The FlexSTICK easily stands upright on a balance ball. The HurryCane cannot stand atop this ball.
HurryCane Warning Tag -
Contrary to the HurryCane’s claim of being a free-standing assistive walking device, it easily topples over on uneven or non-hard surfaces such as carpet. This is an assertion the HurryCane® freely makes, but cannot support when put to basic tests. Zoomworks, LLC, the marketing company which created the HurryCane, invested $33 million in 2013 to promote this message, but the HurryCane’s own warning tag, which comes with the product, clearly states -
Although the HurryCane® is famous for providing superior stability on any terrain, it won’t stand alone on dangerous uneven surfaces like these:
Although advertised as the “Stand-Alone Cane,” that’s not standing alone, is it? Many FlexSTICK™ customers come to us as a result of the disappointing performance of the HurryCane®. We have developed a product that delivers the quality consumers expect and deserve, and they are saying really nice things about us. See these reviews! We hope you’ll become a satisfied customer too. Remember - We have a money back guarantee!
Pssst! It doesn't come with a warning tag.
Avoiding falls should be a mindset we follow in any season. However, the grip of winter can be relentless as it wraps the landscape in blankets of snow for days, weeks or months on end. Nature’s icy coverings causes all of us to lose our grip at times as we attempt to navigate across various forms of frozen H2O. These mishaps result in varying degrees of bumps, bruises, broken bones. Even death can result from a slip on the ice. Everyone suffers from balance loss in slippery conditions. As such, it is a very good idea to use something to lean on when walking in icy, precarious conditions. A hiking stick or walking cane can literally be a life saver when used in these conditions. When one walks normally, picking one foot up and placing it in front of the other, they are left vulnerable to a slip as only one foot has contact with the ground surface. Any sideways movement on these slippery surfaces will most likely result in a fall. Maintaining a second point of contact in addition to the stationary foot can prevent the slip from happening or enable you to regain your balance without a fall!
While anything is better than nothing, not all canes and sticks have been created equal. This is why we have gained many new customers after they have taken a serious spill because their cane or stick slipped on a slick or loose surface.
As the above video demonstrates, the FlexSTICK provides not just one; but, three additional points of contact with the ground giving the user increased confidence as they walk across all types of ground surfaces. Besides snow and ice, regular walking canes often slip on slick wet surfaces and on loose surfaces, such as gravel or rock.
The FlexSTICK also provides another great benefit as it is a true free standing cane. It is very convenient to be able to release the FlexSTICK to do things like open a door, reach in your purse or pocket, take off or put on a glove or jacket. See how well the FlexSTICK stands by itself in this video. Click HERE to view free standing video comparison. Shop for FlexSTICKS Now!
...it keeps us grounded.
We are, no doubt, stuck with gravity, and stuck to the earth with gravity. But, does it not seem as though gravity has a stronger hold on us some times more than others? We are all subject to the weight of gravity’s pull and we all experience a fall on occasion. Even the best athletes among us take spills. Babies and children fall a lot and most of their falls have little to no effect on them. Being low to the ground and having pliable bodies are benefits they have over us more mature folk.
The consequences of falls in older people can have much greater health consequences due to the general decreased flexibility and durability of our bodies. The medical cost for treating non-fatal falls in the US in the year 2000 was $19 billion. According to the National Council on Aging, the Centers for Disease Control reports that in America an older adult it is treated for a fall related injury every 14 seconds. Therefore, fall prevention as we age can extend our lives, avoid injuries, and help ensure a better quality of life.
There is another very powerful factor in our lives that contributes to increased falls – PRIDE. Many folks avoid using a walking cane as they become balance compromised and are willing to suffer serious repeated falls. The condition these people are afflicted with is quite common and known as PIFS – Pride Induced Fall Syndrome. Apparently, smashing your face on the concrete is less embarrassing to many than ‘losing face’ by being seen using some sort of aid to help you walk. This ‘stigma’ of using a cane can lead to one falling unnecessarily resulting in losing one’s complete mobility or even their life!
PIFS not only affects the aging, but, young balance compromised people, too. FlexSTICK spokesperson and 2014 US Junior Equestrian of the Year, Sydney Collier, once suffered from PIFS. Syd was born with a condition that caused her to have a stroke at age nine, losing much of the use of one side of her body. Her physician and parents urged her to use a cane when she walked as it was easy for her to lose her balance on her affected side.
But, Syd would have none of that 'walking cane stuff' until she fell at the movie theater and broke a collar bone. Then her mom found us and we got her a FlexSTICK to try out. When she opened the box and pulled out the FlexSTICK, Syd screamed, “This is great! The kids at school are going to love this!” And, they did and her PIFS was gone.
Unfortunately, I have heard many people tell me their loved one ‘refused to use a cane when balance compromised and subsequently fell resulting in a serious injury causing them to be constrained to a walker or a wheelchair'. These people went straight from using no walking aid to barely walking at all. PIFS – Pride Induced Fall Syndrome, resulted in these folks losing much of their freedom and mobility.
We have found that our most enthusiastic FlexSTICK users are people of all ages, but like Syd, love life to the fullest and want to keep moving. SHOP FLEXSTICKS HERE
When ‘Granddaddy’passed away, his was the happiest funeral I’d ever attended as he died happy, healthy and ready to go home! Until months before his passing, my 100 year old Granddaddy cooked his own meals and raised most of his food, gardening over an acre in size. When Granddaddy wasn’t plowing, hoeing, planting or harvesting, he was cutting trees and splitting wood. At about ninety years old, he got a little careless and flipped his riding lawnmower while on the steep angle of the dam by his home. Knowing that trying to jump with the blade still turning could end up badly, he hung on to the steering wheel and let the mower roll over him. He was still sitting on the seat when the mower stopped upright in about a foot of water. He had no broken bones or injury whatsoever, but, told my mom “it made him sore for a few days.” I guess you could say that Granddaddy maintained his mobility.
So, did Granddaddy stay healthy because he maintained his mobility; or, did he stay mobile because he was healthy? The answer most probably is both! Our bodies were made to move and our health is optimized when we move on a regular basis. The challenge is: How do we keep moving when it hurts to move? A lot has to do with attitude. According to this recent article by Jane Brody, “Osteoarthritis is something nearly all of us can expect to face if we live long enough.” She gives an example of how one lady switched to walking regularly when she could no longer play tennis. She also says that giving into the pain and becoming sedentary results in a cascade of other health problems.
We’ve all seen abandoned old tractors left out in the field to slowly rust back into the landscape.Most likely, one day it quit working and got left in the field with good intentions by its owner to repair it someday, which never came. To get one of these ‘piles of rust’ moving again, the frozen joints and bearings would have to be reworked or replaced. If the repairs needed when it first stopped working had been done quickly, the whole tractor would have remained in better shape continuing to run.