Will walking get worse after a stroke?

2 answers | Last updated: Sep 14, 2017
A fellow caregiver asked...

Why does my husband walk slower and less confident now even after rehab than he did three years ago when he had his stroke? Will this continue to get worse as he gets further out from his stroke?

Expert Answers

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Usually, people improve their walking with rehab and exercise after a stroke.  His issues with walking may be due to other health problems, like arthritis or dementia.  He may just need an assistive device, like a walker or a cane.  It is also entirely possible that he had another stroke that has made his walking worse again.  My advice would be to take him to his doctor to see if they can figure out what is making this happen.  Perhaps it something that can be helped, and his walking might improve.  They can even order some physical therapy, which might help him walk better or get him assistive devices that may make him more sure of himself.

Community Answers

Kissapug answered...

I had a stoke about 6 or 7 years ago and I walk fine in my house, now, but when I'm outdoors or in stores, I use a cart or a scooter.