Unsteady gait can absolutely be improved, at any age. Balance is like any other physical skill—it can be developed, and the more you use it, the less likely you’ll lose it.
Simple exercises, such as walking heel-to-toe or standing on one leg, can be incorporated into your daily routine and can greatly improve your stability. Stretches that improve range of motion in your hips, knees, and ankles can also help you regain a strong gait. If you’re looking for some fun, tai chi and yoga classes are another great way to improve your balance and confidence.
When instability is caused by mechanical problems with your feet, we can provide services such as physical therapy or tools such as arch supports and orthotics to steady your stride. One tool we love is the More Balance Brace, which can help seniors reduce their fall risk by 30 to 60 percent.
For help improving gait abnormalities, instability, or balance issues, call Dr. Darren Silvester of Next Step Foot and Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX today at 830-569-3338. We even offer free fall risk assessments, so if you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to stop by and see how we can help.