How does neuropathy affect balance?
There are over 100 types of neuropathies with varying symptoms. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a progressive disease that often involves pain, loss of sensation and weakness. For example, loss of balance is a common sign of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Additionally, neuropathy patients suffer from uncoordinated and wobbly motion. Moreover, a constantly high blood sugar level damages the nerves, leading to a decreased or complete loss of sensation, in turn affecting other activities. Muscle weakness can also lead to soreness in the legs which would affect gait and balance. Since there is currently no FDA-approved medication to treat this condition, managing your symptoms is the best way to handle the progression of the disease. Here are a few ways to improve your balance and gait.
Handrails can help prevent falls
Bathroom falls are common in aging adults. Additionally, slippery floors can cause falls in young adults, too. Handrails provide essential grip and support to prevent falls and unavoidable accidents.
Mechanical crutches help patients move from place to place
Mechanical crutches and wheelchairs can help patients easily get from one place to another. Additionally, they help to gain an excellent grip and provide strength to sore or weak legs. Moreover, advancements in technology allow patients to customize these ambulatory devices. Furthermore, patients can adjust them to suit their height and body structure.
Sensors help patients to be safe in their homes
AI sensors are becoming increasingly popular and help people stay safe in their homes. They are used to sense changes in temperature or humidity. This alerts patients as they can be sensitive to such changes.
Proper footwear can help keep feet safe & healthy
Diabetic patients should wear comfortable footwear to keep their feet safe. A small cut or wound can get potentially dangerous and lead to amputations. Patients can also try compressed socks and orthopedic shoes to improve overall gait and balance.
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- “7 Symptoms of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy.” Healthline
- “Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet.” NIH
- “Assistive Devices | Mechanical Aids.” The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy