When considering the use of a walking aid, it is best to consult a GP or occupational therapist for help and advice.

Disabled living centres offer a range of equipment as well as advice and information.

Both walking sticks and frames are suitable for those who have some ability to stand and walk but need help keeping their balance. A walking frame offers more stability and support and many have additional features such as wheels, brakes or a seat for resting. The Disabled Living Foundation offers factsheets on the various aids and equipment available for disabled people.

Web:   www.dlf.org.uk
Tel:     0300 999 0004

Other forms of mobility aids include gait trainers, which have a frame and provide more support than a standard walker, and scooters, which may be used as a form of transport over a longer distance. Many of these aids are available through the NHS, via a physiotherapist or occupational therapist.