As per defined by most medical references, "Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that is caused by the breakdown and eventual loss of the cartilage of one or more joints." With the thinning of those cartilage that serves as cushion to the joints comes pain. Most of the time, this is observed with obese and overweight individuals. Hips, knees and feet usually are affected due to its burden of carrying the heavy weight.
And so with or without their knowledge of this problem, the elder's course of action is to reduce the weight they put to their knees as much as they can. Thus for their use of Walking Canes. This is a superb idea in addition to weight loss. Canes serves as support to avoiding further damage at the same time giving them more help with balance to not have any other injury that may come as a result of their painful walking. This actually gives our elders what they need at the same time normally appreciated for the fashion of having one. They find themselves stylish therefore giving them a little boost from the feeling of being passe'. In fact in the earlier times, canes were used just for this purpose even by the younger generation.
But as mentioned above, weight loss is a dire need for those at risk to have osteoarthritis. THE RIGHT WEIGHT IS A NEED FOR GOOD HEALTH!