It's the bung-like tip which fits on the end of a walking stick. Most are made of rubber. They grip the surface of the ground and allow you to lean your weight on your Walking Stick Feet Rubber with confidence.
Why need something on the end?
If there wasn't something there, you'd know about it. You might use an attractively carved stick but, if you are a bit wobbly or have pain when you move about and need it for support rather than as a fashion accessory, it's your ferrule which lies between standing up or falling flat on your face.
Variety of ferrules?
a stick-user with cerebral palsy, chooses to buy the kind which have bumps on the underside, even though she says they wear down very quickly.
"They give me the best cushioning and jar my body less when I'm walking down a street," she says.
The Stick and Cane Shop's biggest seller is one with a concentric circle grip, but others exist, some with no pattern and others which are much bigger to fit a heftier walking stick. They sell about 30 a week.
Need to replace them often?
Ferrules Walker Glide Caps for walking sticks are mostly made of rubber so degrade with use. The consensus amongst those we spoke to is that they typically last about six months, by which time they've worn fairly thin.
Urges fellow stick-users to check them often especially as the colder months approach, with fallen leaves then ice underfoot. "A worn-out ferrule can make for the worst kind of fall. Imagine putting all your 12st of weight on it and suddenly it doesn't work any more. You tend to land very heavily."