Walking equipment may improve your mobility but, if an inappropriate walking device is used or if incorrect techniques are adopted or if the device is not suitable for a particular environment, your independence and safety may be jeopardised. Do take advice about walking equipment and the way it should be used from qualified health professionals. Other factors that should be looked at to minimise the risk of falling whilst using a walking device include: Learning to use equipment, Home Environment, Stairs, Standing up from Chair, Wet or Polished Floors, and Footwear