One of the more common but sometimes under diagnosed components of some forms of peripheral neuropathy is loss of balance. Patients will often say “I don’t have neuropathy; I only walk like I’ve had a few drinks”. In the clinic, we call this “gait” changes. This is why it is so crucial to address balance and neuropathy treatment.
Loss of Balance Causes
Of course, there are many neurologic disorders that can cause you to walk abnormally or to lose your balance. Loss of balance can also be due to:
- arthritic joints,
- jammed foot joints,
- spinal problems of the neck,
- inner ear problems among others.
But this loss of balance occurs frequently in peripheral neuropathy. Sometimes it’s one of the very first things patients notice. This is primarily due to changes in sensation in your feet to touch, as well as position sense, or what doctors call proprioception.
One of the most important things to recognize is that left untreated, this problem often gets worse. It requires treatment for the neuropathy component. And it also requires rehabilitation to retrain balance and coordination, wherever this is possible.
Safety Measures for People with Balance Problems
There are some very simple steps that can be taken almost immediately to prevent catastrophic falls. This can also help balance and neuropathy treatment.
- The first thing is to make sure that proper footwear is worn at all times.
- Secondly, remove common hazards around the household such as objects upon stairs,
- rugs without non-slip backing or pads,
- spilled liquids on the floor etc.
- Be especially careful in kitchens and bathrooms.
Once neuropathy treatment has begun, we’ll instruct you in a series of exercises to help retrain your nervous system. This is only possible when adequate balance and neuropathy treatment has been able to improve sensation to the soles of your feet, and position sense to your toes and ankles and knees.
This is why getting care early can go a long way towards helping possible neuropathy recovery. Early care can also set the stage for a return to a more active lifestyle. Remember, the sooner you act, the sooner you improve.
Please, do not wait for your situation to really deteriorate before seeking active balance and neuropathy treatment intervention. Good treatment for many of the more common forms of neuropathy is now available! All you have to do is ask!!! You can call us at 978-535-6155.