Well, I finally did it. I have been feeling increasingly insecure walking in public, even in shoping centres and on flat surfaces. So, today, I went to the chemist and bought a walking stick. An allunimium one that looks like copper, is very light and folds up into four pieces so that it will go in my shopping bag. I tried it out (in private) and it really seems to help with balance and control. The next step is to use it in public and then use it in front of people I know. Move over grandma!!!!! I feel sooo old - but if it helps!!!