Peripheral neuropathy: an often-overlooked cause of falls in the elderly.

  title={Peripheral neuropathy: an often-overlooked cause of falls in the elderly.},
  author={James K Richardson and James A. Ashton-Miller},
  journal={Postgraduate medicine},
  volume={99 6},
Peripheral neuropathy is common in the elderly and results in impairments in distal proprioception and strength that hinder balance and predispose them to falls. The loss of heel reflexes, decreased vibratory sense that improves proximally, impaired position sense at the great toe, and inability to maintain unipedal stance for 10 seconds in three attempts all suggest functionally significant peripheral neuropathy. Physicians can help their patients with peripheral neuropathy to prevent falls by… CONTINUE READING


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