Is Peripheral Neuropathy headed your way?
Numbness in your feet and hands could be a sign of peripheral neuropathy which can be a complication or result from various medical conditions. When you can't feel the ground with your feet, have less feeling in your feet, or have difficulty moving your feet, this can create a balance issue for you. This could lead to a fall. It is important to discuss your concerns with your medical professional.
This article from the Mayo Clinic (no relation to this author) suggests that "early diagnosis and treatment offer the best chance for controlling your symptoms and preventing further damage to your peripheral nerves."
The Cleveland Clinic writes that peripheral neuropathy can affect people of all ages, but older adults are at increased risk. You can read the Cleveland Clinic article here.
If you already have this medical condition, you need to make sure to take your time when moving from a sitting to a standing position. Mobility aids such as walking cane or a walker can assist people dealing with balance issues caused from neuropathy or other medical conditions.
Physical therapy may help you gain better balance when dealing with neuropathy. Tai Chi is a form of gentle exercise that can lead to upper and lower body strength. Tai Chi can even be done while sitting in a chair.
While dealing with health changes as we age is often difficult, discussing with your medical provider how best to deal with your physical conditions can help you best navigate those changes in the safest manner possible.
Call or book online today for your home assessment plan. There are an amazing array of options to help you age safely at home.