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I have peripheral neuropathy of both feet. No pain feet just heavy blocks of concrete. Bo sensation at all. My balance is badly effected as a result leading to falls. Any suggestions?

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I too have similar symptoms and find using a walking stick a boon. Not only does it help my balance but means I feel safer when in crowded areas and crossing roads. I know medically this isn't much help but I hope you might find this of some help. Best wishes and hope things might improve. Pendleton.

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I use a walker for balance. I try to get on with my life as best I can.

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Hi

I'd been falling over (tripping) for years, before they discovered that I suffered from PN, which had resulted in me having a 'drop foot'. The consultant said that i must use a stick, as if I fell and broke something, my body may not heal, due to the state of my nerve endings. A stick really helps.

My balance is dreadful too and the best thing ever, if I'm walking (and not in the supermarket), are Nordic Walking poles. I have a pair that have been designed to aid balance and they're absolutely amazing, I feel human again when I have them!

Do you have drop foot? I've had a leg brace made at the hospital, which, is good, but not always practical.

So, do start using a stick, (they come in some lovely designs), but best of all, treat yourself to a pair of 'Nordic Walking Poles for Balance', theyll be worth every penny!

Good luck!

Lizzie x

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Feel your frustration. My right foot and ankle are the cement block you describe from too many knee surgeries the left is intermittent dictated by my back. I walk with a cane but you need to make sure you have the proper length. Most canes will be around 36" and I had one made that was 41". On bad days I use an outdoor walker or rollator since it gives me the balance and a place to sit

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I use a Zimmer but keep fallinh

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What type of Zimmer device do you use?

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This sounds very like my husbands position, and I'm afraid we've not found a solution. We concentrate on avoiding falls, and have fitted grab rails by doorways and an extra handrail on the stairs. Another point is that although not caused by diabetes, it can have the same risk to your feet as you do not feel damage, so he has regular checks with a podiatrist.

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