Balancing and gait disorders are more than just an inconvenience – left untreated, they can result in fall-related injuries and cause pain and stiffness throughout the body.
In some cases, balance and gait problems may also indicate the presence of a severe medical condition, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or cerebral palsy. For this reason, it’s crucial for individuals who are experiencing balance and gait abnormalities to see a physician as soon as possible. Depending on the nature of their balance issues, the patient may be prescribed custom orthotics to stabilize their gait or physical therapy to retrain their muscles and achieve better balance. Assistive devices may also be indicated to provide additional support while walking.