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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How to improve my grandmother's bed sores and lower back pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My grandmother aged 91, fell in the bathroom about a month back. She was able to walk and did not have any major symptoms. Since two weeks, she has had difficulty walking and lower back pain. She had an x-ray two days ago. As she is in complete bed rest, developed bed sores. I need a revi...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. For me to help you with your query, I need to see the x-ray of the lower lumbar area. Kindly attach the x-ray and follow-up with the same. Revert with more information to an orthopaedician and traumatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/ort...  Read Full »

Why does my heel hurt on walking after a brief period of rest?

Query: Hello,I have been having heel pain since last year. Earlier it was just one foot. Now it is on both the feet. Earlier my heels used to pain in the morning after waking up from sleep. But now my heels pain on walking even after a small episode of resting like sitting at a place for some time. Please ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Do not worry. I have a few suggestions for you- 1. You must do stretching exercises regularly. 2. You must wear soft heel shoes. 3. You must take vitamin B12 and vitamin D-rich foods. 4. Take tablet Ostocalcium Plus (e...  Read Full »

Can Lyrica help my mother's arthritis-induced walking difficulties?

Query: Hello doctor, We do not have any current x-rays, but the local doctor thinks it is related to arthritis. It is starting to impact her walking a bit. Are there any exercises and medicines she should take? Pain killers work, but we want to solve the problem with compression-like heat. How about taking...  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and am sorry for such discomfort. Kindly answer the questions to know more. 1. What is the actual history of presenting complaints? 2. Is it arthritis of the knee joint? The query does not mention the symptom of the patient. Considering the...  Read Full »

I have difficulty walking with lightheadedness, migraines, dizziness, and nausea. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having problems walking with lightheadedness. It has affected my mental health, and I have been to every doctor. Some are saying it is vertigo, while others say it is blood pressure. But no tablets have helped. My current symptoms are dizziness, nausea, migraines, swaying sen...  Read Full »


Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. Suppose you have already undergone all the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the brain and videonystagmography. And if they are found to be expected, then there are only a few possibilities that need to be ruled out. They are as follows; 1) Vestibular mig...  Read Full »

Kindly go through the blood report and give your opinion.

Query: Hello doctor, From the past few weeks, I have had severe pain and inflammation in both the legs, from my knees to the foot. I limp while walking, and have no injuries or accident. Also, I feel very lazy, weak, and sometimes feel feverish in the evenings. My concentration at work is also going down. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is nothing serious, no need to worry. The central problem associated with you is obesity. Obesity has lead to excess fat deposition in the liver, leading to mild elevation of AST (aspartat...  Read Full »

I have short term memory loss with paresthesia on my face. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27 year old female, and I have severe short-term memory loss (8/30 MMSE). I have paresthesia bilaterally on my face, which has spread from the upper part to around my mouth. I also have startle myoclonus and muscle stiffness. My walking speed has slowed, and the muscles in my...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Copper deficiency is a known cause for non-compressive myelopathy, which can explain your muscle stiffness, slowed walking, and clonus in legs. But startle myoclonus is a different thing. It might be a flexor spasm in legs, which someone interpreted as startle myoclonu...  Read Full »

I got a sprain in my ankle while playing soccer. Kindly help.

Query: Hi, I sprained my ankle while playing soccer. The ball hit the outside of my foot, causing my ankle to turn inward, and it popped few times. I also landed on it sideways in the same position. They took me to the hospital, where they told it was a moderate sprain. At first, it hurt to walk, but it di...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is very unlikely to be dislocated. The ankle joint is a very stable joint, and it will not be dislocated. And, the major fracture would have been much painful, and there would have been an inability to walk. So do not worry, I think it is just a feeling, not an ac...  Read Full »

Will spinocerebellar ataxia cause limping while walking and voice cut off?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 51-years-old male of height 6.1 and weight 98 kg. For the last five to six years, I have been experiencing unsteadiness and imbalance while standing or walking. This happens mainly while starting to walk, taking small steps, or turning. I also often feel lightheaded. I also have so...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your description and attached details (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), you have severe sensory neuropathy in bilateral legs and cervical cord compression, for which surgery was suggested. These two abnormalities themselves can also cau...  Read Full »

Are burning pain and difficulty in walking indicative of rheumatoid arthritis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 53 years old with no significant medical history. I have been trying to lose weight and recently increase my level of activity by practicing yoga for 20 minutes a day. I am 5'2,'' and my weight is 141 pounds. Around last week I noticed some edema on my left upper knee that made w...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, there is a visible difference in the circumference of the left thigh (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is difficult to be precise as the history and examination findings are limited. There is no history of injury. You are not at risk of...  Read Full »

How long does it take for a patient to recover from a stroke?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife has diabetes and hypertension. She suffered a CVA (left basal ganglia ICH) with right hemiparesis some months back. She is on Insulin (Novorapid and Lantus), Galvus Met 50 mg/500 mg (last 20 years), Telma 40 mg, Liofen, Statin 10 mg, and Felicita. Of late, she feels difficulty in...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please tell me a few details. After ICH (intracerebral hemorrhage), did her power in the right leg improve to some extent in the last three months? Is it the same, or has it got worsened? In which portion is she having pain? And since when is that pain? Please give the...  Read Full »

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