Conditions and Diseases

Can peripheral neuropathy cause sudden falls?


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Neuropathy can cause loss of protective sensation (LOPS) resulting in decreased sensation in the bottom of the feet. As foot sensation is one of our primary balance mechanisms, it is conceivable an individual may posture themselves close to the limit of their stability and not recognize their position. A slight further off-balancing can then result in a seemingly sudden fall. As many individuals with neuropathy may have restricted the speed of activity for some time attempting to prevent a fall, they may find their ability to recover from a significant loss of balance restricted by low functioning muscles and balance organs.