Difficulty In Walking

Difficulty walking or abnormal gait can be due to a simple localized sprain to a serious underlying neurologic disease. Some of the causes are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of leg or hip joint, fracture of the leg or hip, less flexible leg muscles, muscular dystrophy, local injury to the leg, pain due to overuse, obesity, vascular diseases, pinched nerve, spinal stenosis, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson's disease, other brain lesions, foot corn, ill-fitting shoes, diabetic foot, myopathies, etc. Medical correction of the underlying condition, along with physiotherapy, can help overcome the difficulty.

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My 67-year-old mother is suffering from osteoarthritis and is unable to walk because of the pain. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,My mother is 67 years old and was recently admitted to the ER because of chest pains. She also had hyperacidity at that time, vomited food once the previous day, and had 1 episode of dark stool the night before. She is taking Losartan 50 mg occasionally, and Naproxen as well for her ost...  Read Full »

Dr. Sreejith. M. G

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Thank you for your query.I understand your concern. We have to rule out the possibilities like gastric bleeding or other systemic problems for the cause of anemia. Gastric ulcers and erosions may occur due to NSAIDs like Naproxen so reduce such tablets. Check her ESR, ir...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing severe back pain on movements, which makes my legs weak, and I cannot walk. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have severe back pain on the left side whenever I do lots of movement. It is making my legs weak and hard to walk. Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Severe back pain on the left side that keeps coming back whenever you do lots of movement and causes weakness in your legs could be a sign of a spinal injury or a herniated disc. It is also possible that you may have a pinched nerve in your b...  Read Full »

I am a gymnast with knee pain since a year that is making it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old level 4 gymnast. About a year ago I started to have pain in my knees almost like it is pushing up or grinding my kneecap and below the knee. It is becoming difficult even to walk up or down the stairs or let alone do gymnastics. I am concerned. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. Your knee pain could be due to various reasons but common ones especially considering your activity levels and description of pain are chondromalacia, pain due to knee instability, inflammation, etc. Chondromalacia is a clinical condition in w...  Read Full »

I have trouble walking because of pain in my knee cap and nothing seems to work. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from this knee pain for four months now. Whenever I am trying to walk, I am experiencing so much pain in my kneecap. I have consulted many doctors but in vain. I can barely walk about now. I have to sit most of the time. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Nigam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Pain in the knee cap can be due to various possible reasons depending upon the age of the patient. In young active patients under 30 years of age, it is usually due to cartilage degeneration between the knee joints whi...  Read Full »

I have severe ankle pain that causes painful walking and disturbed sleep. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have ankle pain, and not able to walk or sleep with this pain. The pain is all time over the scale is 7 out of 10, and shooting pain is 10. Kindly help  Read Full »

Dr. Iswarya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The pain must be moderate, as you have not mentioned detailed history, which is very important in your case. If there is any swelling and a history of injury, you might have sprained and cracked your bone in the worst scenario cracked your bone. If it is a simple pai...  Read Full »

How to find the reason for my mother-in-law's waist pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother-in-law is having difficulty in walking, climbing stairs and sitting. She is having pain in her waist for the last one month. She feels tired and helpless. She always wants to sleep. On some occasions, she becomes unconscious without any reason. When we checked her blood pressure...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sudden episodes of loss of consciousness and sleepiness sounds like a medical problem. We know that her blood sugar is normal, so are her other blood results (attachment removed to protect patient identity).She is in her early 50s. She is currently taking treatment ...  Read Full »

I am a female in my late 20s who suffers left hip pain that increases with body movements and does not reduce on taking medications. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a female who is going to enter her thirties. I am healthy and I do not smoke or drink. I eat healthy foods and go to the gym five to six times a week. I have been experiencing left hip pain that started in my groin area about four months ago. It hurts when I sit, walk, lie down, a...  Read Full »

Dr. K. Shanmuganandan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. You have left hip pain suggestive of ligament pull or impingement. I suggest you answer a few questions mentioned below. Is the pain more during the morning and accompanied by stiffness? Which movement like flexion, extension, abduction...  Read Full »

My father is not able to walk properly. Should we get a CT scan?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is not able to walk properly. His x-ray is fine. I guess it as some brain issue. Shall I go with CT scan? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Hardik Nareshbhai Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If patient not able to walk properly, then there are three most common possibilities. He has problem in the brain. He has problem in the spine. He has problem in peripheral nerves. If he has brain problem, then he might have a stroke or NPH (normal pressure hy...  Read Full »

I have a lot of pain while walking. Please help me understand my x-ray.

Query: Hi doctor, Can you please check my chest X-ray and let me know about the issue as I cannot walk. I have pain whenever I walk.  Read Full »

Dr. Ruchi Sharma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your X-ray from the attached reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) appears normal to me from whatever I can see because there are a lot of background lights seen through the film that can mask bony abnormalities. The...  Read Full »

What does the PET scan report of my father, who cannot walk, speak fluently, and has eating issues, depict?

Query: Hi doctor, My father has been unable to walk for the last year due to some nerve issues from hip to bottom. He does not have the strength to walk. He will stand with the support of a walker. Also, he cannot talk fluently and faces issues while eating. Based on a neurologist's suggestion, we have tak...  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. I went through the PET (positron emission tomography) scan reports. No cancer-like conditions are indicated (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). There might be neuromuscular weakness central to t...  Read Full »

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