I've been using a folding cane off and on since 2007. I started during a bad flare when I couldn't walk without holding onto something, but I'm usually okay without it for short distances. I mostly just make sure I have something or someone available when I do most of my moving, whether it's a shopping cart or one of my kids. It gave me a wonderful sense of security once I got over the stigma of wanting to be seen with it in public. Unfortunately, I need it primarily for my right side, and my right arm and hand have gotten so much worse that it's now difficult to use.