Walking disabilities can be more common than the average person realizes. Once you start to suffer problems with walking, you lose not only a very desirable form of exercise but you might discover your overall mobility has become drastically limited. Understanding the causes of a walking disability could help you reduce the likelihood of dealing with the problems and, also, aid in overcoming some of the restrictions disabilities cause.
Conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) do play a role in the onset of a disability. Such conditions are unavoidable, but this does not mean there are no treatments available to help reduce the negative impact on one’s ability to walk. Depending upon the stage of MS the person is dealing with, rehab treatment may exist for help enhance mobility.
Serious medical conditions are not the only reason why some end up suffering from serious problems inhibiting their ability to walk.
In some cases, problems with walking are actually the result of walking too much. Walking is a fantastic form of physical exercise since it does not require a great deal of cardiovascular conditioning. The amount of calories burned while walking is fairly moderate. One half an hour of walking could burn off about 125 calories and, while seemingly not very much, these calories do add up. The trouble is people end up walking way too much per day because the low impact activity does not yield troubling results. However, the body can suffer compound injuries over time. The hip, knees, ankle, and even lower back end up suffering the ill-effects of excess exercise.
Age also plays a factor in hampering a person’s ability to walk.
Seniors could very well reduce their potential for suffering from walking disabilities by taking part in basic, simple, low-impact exercises. Strengthening the muscles in the legs is going to have a very positive effect provided the exercises are not performed to excess. Seniors should consult with a physician or rehabilitation professional before starting any exercises of this nature.
When you are dealing with really serious problems with your feet, you might be best served investing in cast covers. Cast covers fit over boots or other footwear and help provide the necessary stability for overcoming a walking problem. Certain manufacturers produce very fashionable covers and they can blend in quite nicely with your regular dress.
For many, these covers are a tremendous help in getting good mobility back.