Walking Problems

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Walking is an activity that many take for granted. But for people with walking problems, getting around and doing daily activities can be a challenge. Dr. Edward Hill discusses walking problems in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

We walk thousands of steps each day. We walk to do our daily activities, get around and for exercise. Having a problem with walking can make daily life more difficult.

Walking abnormalities are unusual and uncontrollable walking patterns. They are usually due to diseases or injuries to the legs, feet, brain, spinal cord or inner ear.

The pattern of how you walk is called your gait. A variety of problems can cause an abnormal gait and lead to problems with walking. These include:

Injuries, diseases, or abnormal development of the muscles or bones of your legs or feet

Movement disorders such as Parkinsons disease

Diseases such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis, and

Vision or balance problems

Treatment of walking problems depends on the cause. Treating the cause often improves the gait. For example, gait abnormalities from trauma to part of the leg will improve as the leg heals. Physical therapy almost always helps with short-term or long-term gait disorders. Therapy will reduce the risk of falls and other injuries.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.