You could be losing balance because of peripheral neuropathy in your feet. One of the main symptoms of this condition is the loss of feeling and numbness, which can make it harder to sense the placement of your feet when you start walking. You may feel more uncoordinated than normal.
Also, you might develop a wider walking stance without even knowing it just to compensate for this lack of feeling. You may even drag or trip over your own feet.
The symptoms of neuropathy can start as a tingling or burning sensation but can develop into very serious symptoms with painful consequences. Our office has a special clinic, called the Foot and Ankle Centers for the Care of Neuropathy, just to reduce and lessen the symptoms of this condition. This way, you can take care of your balance problems too!
When you start experiencing these symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Brian McDowell or Dr. Tracy L. Basso at the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group. Our Carmichael office, which also serves Roseville and the greater Sacramento area, can be reached at (916) 961-3434 and found on Facebook and Twitter!