You may find this recent discussion helpful. http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Multiple-Sclerosis/Using-a-cane-in-winter/show/2048273
I think people use a variety of things depending on personal preference and specific situation (do they need something for icy situations, etc.). Again, I'd have a read of that.
I have used a walking stick up until recently but it's been suggested that this was making my kyphosis on my back worse & to try elbow crutches. I only use one elbow crutch because it enables me to have my other hand free & I have to admit I'm not stooping as much as I was with the stick. I also find that I can leave it dangling on my arm if I need to use that hand. Ideally you should use bilateral elbow crutches & not just one which I do if I'm walking a lot.
There are many kinds of walking sticks available & I used one that has a moulded grip to assist with the arthritis in my hands. This makes it comfortable to use but it can't be used in the other hand so I now have a left & a right handed one. It's important to have any walking aid at the correct height so be sure to get that checked before using it. It is often a good idea to choose one with adjustable height settings.
I also have a walker with a seat which I use when I'm not having such a good day. I think walking sticks are more convenient because they are less cumbersome when you need to sit & leave it somewhere. It also depends on what issues you are having to require an aid. If you need to put some weight on an aid I wouldn't go for a stick.
I hope this is helpful.
Could you explain for us Americans what a walking stick is? Not a term in common use here, but I think it's the same as a cane. If not, please do correct me.
I have a cane that I used mostly in the latter stages of recovery from a broken ankle a few years back, and I found it helpful. More recently I haven't needed it, but it's there if I feel unsteady outside. I have trouble walking on uneven surfaces including grass.
I can't possibly use crutches as my balance is pretty bad, and they're very cumbersome besides. Using two makes it impossible to carry anything, so for me they're not a solution.
I think experimentation is the key here. What is ideal for some is a disaster for others.
A walking stick is a cane. :-)
sometimes fancier ones, home made, or designed more are called walking sticks also. My grandfather had one he called a walking stick.
I am forever leaving my cane, so buy the cheap ones, and I too, carry my walker in the truck, just in case I have a bad day and need to sit along the way!
My pet peeve with canes is that they always fall over!
This is where getting evaluated by a good PT a Physiatrist is important. We can do our bodies more harm by choosing the wrong device or having the wrong fit. I had a walker but I had it adjusted wrong, crutches have to be fitted and the height of a cane is important.. Also learning to use a cane on the opposite side not on your bad side.