Some of the most unique and interesting attractions in Chandler, Arizona involve walking. One such attraction is the Solar System Walk at the Veterans Oasis Park and Environmental Education Center. This walk is a free educational model of our solar system. The path surrounding the small lake at the Environmental Education Center is used to demonstrate the size and scale of our solar system. The walk may be a bit long if you struggle with unsteady gait, though, so come prepared.
An unsteady gait can make more than just a solar walk difficult. Normal navigating around the home and getting around town can be more difficult, too. Gait problems can cut into your independence and even put you at risk for injuries from falling. How severe the problem is depends on the underlying cause. Nerve problems can dramatically weaken your limb function and may become permanent, whereas a fracture or overuse problem can be treated easily.
Fortunately, there are ways you can address your unsteady gait issues and restore your lower limbs to better strength. Specific treatments depend on the underlying condition for your gait abnormality. However, some therapies benefit the feet no matter what caused the walking instability. Some treatments that may help include:
Physical therapy – This works to build muscles and improve balance. It also helps maintain your range of motion so your joints move smoothly.
Regular exercise – Simple exercise like tai chi, yoga, water aerobics, and other low-impact activities focus on your balance and stability, which can help improve your gait.
Footwear – The shoes and orthotics you wear can play a significant role in how stable and comfortable your feet are. Make sure you wear fitted models with cushioned, non-slippery soles.
These conservative methods are not guaranteed to fix the unsteady gait, but they can help improve it significantly. You may need more intensive therapies to address the underlying cause of the problem. If you’re struggling with balance and walking issues, don’t let it control your life or independence. Let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help. Use our web request form, call, or fax us for more information or an appointment: call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for the Chandler office; call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for our location in Gilbert.
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