The difference between canes and walking sticks is in their function. Lets start with the famous walking cane, your conventional walking cane which is also known as the "Crook" is supposed to be leaned on with palms firmly pressed down to help take weight off your legs as you walk. The Crook, also known as the "candy cane" is only one of the many designs in use today.
Instead of your conventional crook cane, some canes come with just a knob handle, and with no handle at all. Canes and walking sticks come in different sizes and lengths, and in many cases can be separated in to various pieces for portability. They both come designed for different occasions, like hiking. If you enjoy traveling up steep mountain cliffs, then you might enjoy a cane or walking stick with a rubber or metal hiking-spike or ferrule attached to help keep you from slipping when climbing. Alternatives to the warm weather hiking spike is the metallic cleat which is better designed to puncture hard ice in snowy climates. In the past, the metallic cleat has saved the lives of many climbers as it has reduced the dangers of falling on icy and steep-snowy cliffs.
You can use your cane all year-long with many accessories available to help improve your walking aid. The first is a hand strap that attaches to the base of the stick. The hand strap wraps around your wrist so you will not accidentally lose it, or let the stick slip away from you. Of course, not all canes and walking sticks are made to support a person's full body weight. Walking canes and walking sticks that appear too thin or have dual use features are not sturdy enough, for example, if you have a sore ankle then try not to lean against a sword cane, use a support cane instead to help you walk.
Did you know that there are walking sticks and walking canes that come for both men and women, and there's a difference? Many of the canes build for either men or women are designed with their hands and body in mind. For example, men are known to have much larger hands which require more space on the handle, depending on the height and weight of the man; the main body of the cane would need to be heavier with a wide dimension. In contrast women will not need such a heavy cane, if style is an issue then a more slender cane would be ideal when wearing any ensemble. Nevertheless, there have been instances where big and tall woman have needed heavier canes for either aesthetic or aid, and have been very pleased with the results.
Sometimes weight it's self is the determining factor on whether or not a cane is right for a customer. The suitable weight for a man seeking a heavy cane would require him between to between 180 to 240 Ibs. A woman seeking that thinner cane to lean against would need to weigh between 95 to 150 Ibs.
The difference between canes and walking sticks is not just in their function, but how they make the individual feel about themselves, if it offers piece of mind and body through physical support, or looks great with your ensemble then a cane is the most ideal solution for the new and improved you.