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How to Improve Balance with DiabetesThe world-famous Cirque du Soleil will be bringing its latest production, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities, to AT&T Park in San Francisco from November 14, 2014 to January 18, 2015. These spectacular shows combine mind-bending circus acrobatics with theatrical storytelling to create a truly unique experience.

While performers in the Cirque du Soleil have honed a sense of balance that allows them to pull off amazing stunts, if you’re older and you suffer from diabetes, you may have difficulty finding stable-enough footing to merely walk down stairs or hike uneven terrain. We all start to slowly lose our ability to balance starting at around age 40, but those with diabetes have it especially hard, since nerve damage in your legs and feet can prevent you from sensing the ground as you walk. The resulting injuries from falls and slips can be more serious, too, since the disease is associated with slower healing.

Fortunately, balance and diabetes do not have to be mutually exclusive. In addition to properly managing your condition, try incorporating some of these exercises into your daily routine to keep your ankles strong and your sense of stability sharp.

  • Walk sideways, backward, or heel-to-toe in a straight line. These exercises engage and strengthen stabilizing muscles.
  • Stand on one leg. If you need help, put both hands on a table before lifting your leg. Once you feel stable and comfortable, lift one hand. Once you can do that, lift the other hand. If you’re really feeling steady, try closing your eyes.
  • While sitting or standing, grab a towel off of the floor with your toes, lift it, and set it back down.
  • Stand on a cushion or pillow.
  • If you are healthy enough, taking a tai chi class or any kind of martial arts training is a great way to improve balance and lower body strength, and it can be fun and relaxing, too. If you like to hit the gym, lower-body resistance training often yields balance benefits as well.

Proper balance and diabetes should go hand-in-hand to help prevent slips and falls that can lead to sprains, wounds, and fractures—injuries that can quickly worsen due to complications from your condition. If you do fall, call Foot Doctor of the East Bay right away—we can help. Dial (510) 483-3390 to set up an appointment, or check out one of our three Bay Area offices.

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