Health & Nutrition Health and Nutrition - February - Page 35

itions, Many cond thritis such as ar son’s and Parkin prove disease, im ise. with exerc ysical Formal ph n therapy ca matic lead to dra ents. improvem difficulty initiating walking, the feet becoming frozen in place, and incontinence. It can often be reversed if identified early. u Peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD can cause calf, thigh, and foot pain, which occurs when the arteries to the legs can’t deliver sufficient blood flow, resulting in leg pain after walking short distances. u Mental health disorders. A depressed mood may cause you to walk more slowly and shuffle, and anxiety may cause you to walk more cautiously. u Drug side effects. Some medications can directly impair walking by causing a Parkinson-like gait disorder. Antipsychotic drugs and metoclopramide are common causes. Drugs that cause blurry vision, confusion, drowsine