- This condition is characterized by feelings of unsteadiness while walking. Balance is an art managed by the eyes, ears and proprioceptors (receptors that register body position) working together. When any of these pathways are disrupted or degenerate, balance dysfunction occurs. Symptoms include inability to walk straight, feeling unsteady, unable to stand without swaying and overall lack of coordination.
Physical therapy works to restore the relationship between the ankle, leg and hip to move together in walking. By strengthening coordination, balance can be restored.