A Fischer handle, also known as a Fischer grip or Fischer-style handle, is a specific type of handle design commonly found on walking sticks or canes. It is named after its inventor, Dr. Franz Fischer. The Fischer handle is characterized by its ergonomic shape, which provides a comfortable and secure grip for the user.
The key feature of the Fischer handle is its contour, which conforms to the natural shape of the hand. It typically has a slightly curved design with a wider area for the palm and a narrower section where the fingers rest. This shape helps distribute the user's weight more evenly across the hand and reduces strain on the joints, making it particularly beneficial for individuals with arthritis or other hand and wrist conditions.
Here are some reasons why the Fischer handle is useful for a person with arthritis:
Enhanced grip: The ergonomic design of the Fischer handle offers a better grip, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals with arthritis who may have reduced hand strength or dexterity. The wider palm area allows for a more secure hold, reducing the risk of the walking stick slipping out of the hand.
Reduced strain on joints: The Fischer handle's shape helps to align the hand and wrist in a more neutral position, reducing the strain on the joints. This can alleviate discomfort and pain that individuals with arthritis often experience when using a traditional cane with a straight handle.
Improved stability and balance: Arthritis can affect balance and stability, making it more challenging to walk. The Fischer handle provides a stable and secure grip, helping individuals maintain their balance while walking and reducing the risk of falls.
Customizable options: Fischer-style handles come in various sizes and materials, allowing individuals to choose the one that best suits their needs and preferences. Some models even offer additional features like cushioning or padding to further enhance comfort for those with arthritis.
We stock a range of walking sticks with the Fischer Handle including folding walking sticks. You can see our selection in-store and our Ramsgate Showroom, just across from Westwood Cross Shopping Centre. CT12 5FP.