How a stroke can affect your mobility

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Strokes are caused when a blood clot, blockage or leak prevents blood flow from circulating freely to the brain and it can cause a number of different symptoms. It is incredibly important that anyone who is suspected of having a stroke seeks medical attention as soon as possible.

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There are some physical effects of a stroke that may need to be managed after recovery and in some cases there can be weaknesses that lead to difficulty with movements and Mobility Aids such as the ones from may be needed to support independence. Here are some of the effects that can be experienced.

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Muscle weakness – This is felt more in the arms and legs rather than other parts of the body. This means that lifting and handling becomes a real problem. It is a good idea to undertake a program of light weights to start to build the muscles back to strength. It can be a good exercise as well. With regards to the legs, this makes the stroke victim prone to slips and trips. Again the use of light weights and exercise will start to build these up again.

Related to the leg issue, foot drop is another factor. The toes droop and you start to walk differently placing the foot down sooner and even pushing the leg outwards more when walking to seemingly compensate.

Feeling tired – This will become more common. Fatigue is a major part of the after effects of having a stroke. It would be a mistake to stop exercising altogether as exercise will build up your reserves and help you get back to normal life.


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