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I have neuropathy and was wondering if a cane or a walking stick would be better for my balance?

I have neuropathy and was wondering if a cane or a walking stick would be better for my balance?

Yes, definitely: Neuropathy does create some imbalance, so a cane will provide you some extra support and help you in preventing a fall. As your neuropathy settles down your balance will improve, then you can stop using it. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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How can a cane help me while walking?

How can a cane help me while walking?

Not sure: I really do not have enough information here to be able to give you a good answer. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of walking with my cane?

What are the benefits of walking with my cane?

Cane: Unloads the joint. Lowers the joint reaction forces to put less stress on the joint. ...Read more

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How do I stand after falling? I have balance issues and have to use a cane to walk.

How do I stand after falling? I have balance issues and have to use a cane to walk.

Physical Therapy: Balance issues can be caused by many things, when the troulbe leads to falls, it is more urgent. And the source should be looked in to. Physical therapy after a hospitalization is a good start, as they can do balance and vestibular testing. A good neurological evaluation may also be prudent. See your doctor before you fall again, . ...Read more

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After surgery, which is better; to walk with a limp, or to walk with a cane and no limp?

After surgery, which is better; to walk with a limp, or to walk with a cane and no limp?

Try a cane first: A cane can help take some stress off a healing limb or joint. One can use a walker first, then a cane, and then hopefully nothing. . . As he heals up. If a person has a permanent deficit and can never walk limp-free without a cane, perhaps a cane is still helpful to let his body move in a more "normal" way, if the cane lets him walk limp-free. A physical medicine (rehabilitation) doctor can help! ...Read more

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Diagnosed with polyarteritis and I'm unable to work and I'm walking with a stick. Will I have this for life?

Polyarteritis Nodosa: "pan" is a type of vasculitis that causes inflammation of the blood vessels all over the body, affecting just about every organ imaginable. The inflammation can cause blockages of the arteries which leads to an interruption of blood flow and a variety of other issues depending on the organ affected. It is a chronic issue that is life-long, but it can be controlled with medication. Consult an md. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with sciatica about a year ago. Some days I have bad flare ups making it hard to walk. Would walking with a cane help?

I was diagnosed with sciatica about a year ago. Some days I have bad flare ups making it hard to walk. Would walking with a cane help?

Get evaluated: Need to understand cause of sciatica, and if due to herniated disc, with occasional flares due to root compression, might consider epidural steroid injection, or even surgery. Do not see value to use of a cane, and you might be safer with a walker. Best to see physiatrist and get some rehab guidance. ...Read more

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What pain medicines work best for ppl with PRMS as myself. 37 yo dxd 5 yrs and use cane to walk. Prefer nonnarcs if necessary. My pains getting worse.

What pain medicines work best for ppl with PRMS as myself. 37 yo dxd 5 yrs and use cane to walk. Prefer nonnarcs if necessary. My pains getting worse.

Plenty of options: I definitely agree with non-opioids for MS-related pain! Muscle relaxants and certain antiepileptics often are helpful for MS-related pain. Feel free to consult me if you would like to discuss further. ...Read more

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With a bad back. Should I walk with a cane or a walker to keep off my back because of my weight? 273 pds.

With a bad back. Should I walk with a cane or a walker to keep off my back because of my weight? 273 pds.

Bad back: First of all, loose weight. Use can or walker if needed. Try water therapy as it allows for exercise without weight bearing ...Read more

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My 13-month-old's spine in lower back sticks out a lot and is very prominent. Is this normal? He can walk while holding onto things only at this point

My 13-month-old's spine in lower back sticks out a lot and is very prominent. Is this normal? He can walk while holding onto things only at this point

Can be normal.: If he is almost walking, it's a good sign. Have him seen by peds, to ensure it s not a spine deformity, which is not common. Without an exan or an image I cannot determine that. I consult would help with healthtap. ...Read more

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I have a sharp sticking pain up in my uterus especially when I walk?

I have a sharp sticking pain up in my uterus especially when I walk?

Many reasons: I am presuming that you have pain in your lower abdomen. It may be your uterus but it could also arise from muscle, bladder, uterus, tubes, ovaries or bowel. Please contact your md for further direction. ...Read more

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What to do if I have very bad knee pain. Now im walking with a cane.?

See your doctor: You may have an injury that has not been treated or healed properly. There are many causes of knee pain including osteoarthritis which is a "wear-and-tear" arthritis from recurrent trauma to the joint leading to loss of cartilage. Football players and jackhammer users can develop this young (in 30's). See your doctor. You may benefit from referral to an orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have very bad knee pain. Now I'm walking with a cane.?

What to do if I have very bad knee pain. Now I'm walking with a cane.?

Ice.: Ice the knee for 20 minutes at a time, 3-4 times per day. You should take an anti-inflammatory, like Aleve (naproxen) or Advil. That will help. Mostly, you should see an orthopedic knee specialist, for treatment. ...Read more

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Yes I broke my back l1l3 L5 can walk with two canes chronic pain is there any surgery that would give me balance ty ?

Difficult to know: I would recommend that if you are not going back to your initial doctors or they have nothing furhter to offer, that you seek out a tertiary care center with a very reputable program in back conditions. You shold probably see a rehabilitation specialist and perhaps neurosurgeons and orthopedists who specialize in these "severe" case of back pain. Get more opinions and care. Don't give up! ...Read more

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I am sticking to a 1200 calorie a day diet and trying to do a bit of walking each day is that the best way to lose weight?

I am sticking to a 1200 calorie a day diet and trying to do a bit of walking each day is that the best way to lose weight?

Walking as exercise: Yes. If you walk briskly enough to get your heart rate to about 120 to 130 and keep it there for at least 20 minutes daily. Remember walking as exercise does not mean sauntering. It means actively walking to burn off excess fat and sugar. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use a cane for a left hip laberal tear until I get surgery? It hurts when I walk and feels painfull when I sit

Is it ok to use a cane for a left hip laberal tear until I get surgery? It hurts when I walk and feels painfull when I sit

Using: Using a cane can actually be quite helpful, but put it in your right hand. You want to lean away from the tear. Studies have shown that a cane placed in the opposite hand can reduce forces in the hip significantly. That will help take some strain off the labral tear. ...Read more

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How can you make a sprained ankle heal faster? Even though I can still walk with little limp should I use a cane or crutches to walk places

How can you make a sprained ankle heal faster? Even though I can still walk with little limp should I use a cane or crutches to walk places

Ligaments: Make sure you have no ligament damage to the outside of the ankle. An MRI can help in diagnosing this. Stay off of it if it is painful to walk on it. See you local podiatrist if pain persists. ...Read more

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I broke my ankle 2 months ago, had metal plate and 7 pins put in, I am walking ok with one stick, but my ankle is still swollen is this normal.

I broke my ankle 2 months ago, had metal plate and 7 pins put in, I am walking ok with one stick, but my ankle is still swollen is this normal.

Yes.: Ankle fracture repair takes usually 6 weeks before you can start walking in fracture boot which you gradually move back to shoe with ankle brace with therapy. Swelling can take up to 6-12 months to go down but you should see a steady decrease in swelling over time if the bone properly healed. You will have to do your part with compressiveqrapsEpsonsoaksnsaidetc. Ifitdoesn'tgodowntheirmaybe problem. ...Read more

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It's so hard to walk on my feet. I do have a permanent handicap plate on my car because of this. My toes stick right up some days. Back & neck to pain?

It's so hard to walk on my feet. I do have a permanent handicap plate on my car because of this. My toes stick right up some days. Back & neck to pain?

Orthopedist?: I can't diagnose these Symptoms by myself, your issues may be due to foot ankle, hip, or back problems. Your needs seem to require an orthopedist. Perhaps also a good podiatrist, you may benefit from some corrective shoes if it's an isolated foot problem ...Read more

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So, my cardiologist just diagnosed me with some long worded thing that means postural orthostatic. If my resting rate is at 48 and my walking rate is anywhere between 120-170. Does that mean I have pots or should I stick with his diagnosis?

So, my cardiologist just diagnosed me with some long worded thing that means postural orthostatic. If my resting rate is at 48 and my walking rate is anywhere between 120-170. Does that mean I have pots or should I stick with his diagnosis?

Hard to say: Hi
Both of these conditions are difficult to diagnose and your question is very difficult to answer without being able to review the test results. If you are skeptical about the diagnosis, it's completely ok to ask your cardiologist to tell you why they favor one over the other. Or seek a second opinion from another cardiologist. Hope this helps ...Read more

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How long will it take me to walk without a walker or cane after total hip replacement?

How long will it take me to walk without a walker or cane after total hip replacement?

3-6 weels: Most doctors allow progressively removing the walker and cane over about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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My friend has chronic thigh pain, been to 5 specialists, they di'nt find anything, he can barely walk without cane, he remembers no trauma?

My friend has chronic thigh pain, been to 5 specialists, they di'nt find anything, he can barely walk without cane, he remembers no trauma?

Sorry: But if 5 specialists seeing the pt in person can't figure it out it seems highly unlikely that anybody on the internet will be of much help either
unfortunately some problems defy diagnosis or remedy. ...Read more

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Is walking into branches sticking out towards sidewalk a cause for worry? I brushed my head against it, slightly hitting. Had concussion months ago.

Is walking into branches sticking out towards sidewalk a cause for worry? I brushed my head against it, slightly hitting. Had concussion months ago.

Repeated concussions: Are very serious. BUT that is mostly when signs of the concussion remain and other concussions occur on top of it. These significant symptoms include, but are not limited to:
headache
confusion
change in emotion/behavior
not wanting to interact with people and migraine like symptoms of being bothered by light/noise/activity and nausea/vomiting
bad if the branches are causeing these. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Neel
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Canes (Definition)

Canes are devices used to help people walk with ...Read more