Not Just Monsters and Dancing: Why People Shuffle

People all over the place shuffle for many different reasons. Some shuffle to dance—there’s even a line dance called the “cupid shuffle.” Monsters and zombies shuffle along in movies to increase the scare factor. Some people, however, shuffle because they struggle with unsteady walking and are concerned they might fall over. There are many different causes of an unsteady gait, and all can lead to a loss of independence and mobility.

An unsteady gait is any problem walking in a coordinated way. Typically this means you have trouble maintaining your posture and avoiding falls as well. Sometimes this is a temporary problem, and sometimes it’s a serious side effect of an issue that might be permanent. Handling your unstable walking largely depends on the underlying issue that’s affecting your footsteps, so discovering the cause of your unsteady gait is an important part of taking care of the problem. Here are a few potential causes:

Knowing what causes your unsteady gait can make a difference in treating it. Don’t just shuffle along and wish it would get better. Contact Dr. Darren Silvester and the team at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic for help. You can reach our Pleasanton, TX office by calling (830) 569-3338 or by using our web request form.

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