Unsteady gait is a problem with walking in a coordinated manner maintaining postural control.
Unsteady when walking, unstable when walking, unstable gait, instability of gait, disequibrilium when walking, disequilibrium when walking.
Unsteady gait is a symptom of instability while walking. Problems with walking can be due to disease or injury to the legs, feet, spine, or brain. Unsteady gait may be a direct effect of medications, illicit drugs, or alcohol, be due to a balance problem due to a problem caused by a metabolic disorder, stroke or other brain disorder, or represent a balance problem due to an injury or disease of the inner ear.
Middle ear infection
Arterial air embolism
Transient ischemic attack
Side effects of medications
Wernicke Korsakoff syndrome
Restless legs syndrome
Diagnosis and Treatment
A thorough evaluation by a physician is required for unsteady gait and referral to a specialist will likely be needed. A complete history and physical will be required as well as a number of diagnostic and laboratory studies. The treatment will depend on the diagnosis.
Call your provider:
Whenever someone is manifesting signs of unsteady gait. It may be an indication of a serious medical or psychiatric problem.
Written by: JC Jones MA, RN Reviewed by: Paul Auerbach, MD Written: November 8, 2007 Last Updated: November 30, 2007 Published By:
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