There are times when I am confronted by large areas of flooring to cross that contain no furniture to grab. I am on my own with no walking stick, aid, or arm to hold. Under these circumstances, I turn around and walk backwards to my destination. It works for me, and it may work for you.
The only problem I have encountered is with cats - we have five cats. I have trodden on two of them and the message has found its way to the other cats that when daddy is unmedicated, and it's the middle of the night, and he is trying to make his way to his man-cave to take a pill and flounce about on the Internet until said pill kicks in, it's a good idea to avoid daddy at all costs.