At some point, regardless of age, people may need to use walking support devices on a temporary or permanent basis. These may be recommended by doctors in order to provide or increase mobility due to a broken ankle or leg. They may also be required to assist with post-surgical maneuverability as well as to accommodate a wide variety of health issues.
It has been estimated that the number of walking aids for elderly individuals will double by 2050, however. In 2015, for example, interviews were conducted with over 7,600 Medicare beneficiaries. At this time, it was determined there was an increase of nearly 50% in the usage of canes and other walking support devi