The classic style of walking cane is the crook neck cane, often made of wood. It is most often used to assist in balance or to relieve pressure on the opposite side of the body.A derby handle is more stylish than the crook neck handle. It is also more ergonomically shaped.The anatomically shaped palm handle walking cane comes in both left hand and right hand versions. It is used by people with arthritis who may have pain or difficulty in gripping a crook neck or derby handle.A walking cane with a decorative knob handle or simple knob handle can be used to provide extra balance and stability. Or it may be carried as a fashion accessory or self defense weapon.A simple walking stick without a handle, fashioned from a hickory branch or other hardwood, can give extra balance and stability for walking or hiking.A folding walking cane can be easier to pack along and to stow away when you are seated.Hiking sticks are used by people who want more stability on a hiking trail. A single hiking stick is often used for balance and for moving foliage aside while hiking. They come in a wide variety of styles for handles, folding and length adjustment.People with low vision often use a walking cane to identify obstacles in their paths. These are often made of lightweight materials as they are not used for balance or weight-bearing.