Difficulty in walking

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  • Body leans to one side when walking

  • Unable to walk in a straight line, with the toes of the first foot touching the heel of the next one at each step

  • Have to walk with an aid (holding onto something)

  • Walking with legs spread left and right

  • Cannot walk properly transiently

  • Gait disturbances that recovered

  • Gait disturbances that went away

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

Description

Difficulty in walking is defined as inability to walk properly due to abnormal and uncontrollable walking patterns.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Difficulty in walking

Possible Causes

  • Alzheimer dementia (AD)

    Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. The brain shrinks affecting memory and behavior. Symptoms worsen over time, and can interfere with daily life. Increasing age increases the risk for Alzheimer dementia.

  • Low back pain

    Low back pain is very common. More than 80% of people have at least one episode of low back pain during their lifetime. Back pain is usually not serious and most often resolves on its own, but can be frustrating when pain interferes with daily life. Risk factors include smoking, obesity, older age, female sex, physically strenuous or sedentary work, stress, and mental health issues. Serious causes include menstrual problems, injury, slipped disc, nerve disease, spine disease, joint deformities etc.

  • Meckel's diverticulosis

    Meckel's diverticulum is an outpouching or bulge in the lower part of the small intestine. The bulge is congenital (present at birth) and is a leftover of the umbilical cord.

  • Hypothermia

  • Cerebellar hemorrhage / infarction
  • Hypocalcemia

  • Acute renal failure

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have any difficulty walking?

  • Do you have slurred speech?

  • Do you have double vision?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

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