I just had my hip replaced and knew I wouldn't need the cane for long. I bought this one for the folding feature thinking it would be handy even after I'm free to walk unaided. It will be useful while traveling if I start to feel sore from too much walking. I can keep it folded in a large bag or backpack. Very cleverly designed with adjustable height and folds like tent poles, very sturdy. I wish it had one additional feature of someway to clamp it together when it's folded.