6 Causes of Poor Balance


Balance tends to deteriorate as you get older due to a variety of issues, but many of these problems can be mitigated with the proper treatment. Preventing falls as we age is essential for avoiding debilitating injuries like hip fractures. Your podiatrist can help with many age-related balance problems and can prescribe custom orthotic inserts and braces to increase ankle stability and help prevent falls. 

6 causes of poor balance include the following: 

  1. Blurred vision—Vision problems can also contribute to poor balance, so make sure your eyes are checked periodically to ensure that your glasses are the correct prescription.

  2. Peripheral nerve damageNerve damage to the feet and ankles caused by complications from diabetes makes it difficult to feel your feet and can contribute to missteps and falls.

  3. Inner ear and hearing problems—Since your sense of balance is directly related to your inner ear, problems with the proper functioning of the inner ear can make it difficult to keep your balance.

  4. Arthritic conditions—Several types of arthritis cause pain and stiffness in the feet and ankles and can make it difficult to maintain proper balance.

  5. Circulatory system problems—Peripheral artery disease and other circulatory issues and heart conditions can contribute to balance problems.

  6. Chronic disease complications—Chronic conditions including Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis can cause difficulties with balance. 

Wearing properly-fitted shoes with the correct orthotics is extremely important for proper balance, especially in the elderly. Physical therapy exercises to increase strength and flexibility in your feet and ankles will also help immensely. 

If you are experiencing foot and ankle-related balance problems, make an appointment with your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment.  Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.