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Walking Stick MOT Week

13-17 November is Walking Stick Check Week – the brainchild of Falls Prevention Project Lead  Paul Mills, who is leading a drive to prevent avoidable falls caused by poorly maintained walking aids.

Paul said: “Just as it isn’t wise to drive a car with a worn tyre, you shouldn’t use a walking stick with a worn ferrule – that’s the rubber ‘foot’ that gives it grip and stability.
“A new ferrule only costs just a few pounds. Compare that to the personal cost for an injured individual, whose life is disrupted by injury and perhaps a hospital stay.

Reasons to give your walking stick an ‘MOT’ check:

  • falls prevention
  • better posture
  • steadier support
  • lower slip risk
  • injury prevention
  • saving cost of ambulance, hospital bed etc.


 The good, the bad and the ugly - walking stick mot


Take a look at this image above for guideance on when your ferrule of your walking aid needs replacing. New ferrules can be purchased from a local mobility shop or online.

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