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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Difficult to stand on toes?

04/25/2007

Question:

My rheumatologist was asking me to open and close my fingers. Then he asked me to stand up onto my toes. I could not do this. My foot and ankle muscles are real stiff and heavy, and the doctor had to hold my hand as I struggled to raise up onto my toes. I almost lost my balance. What was he asking me to do this for? He never told me? (Also, I can not climb steps unless I hold onto a railing, because I will loose my balance.) Is this arthritis?

Answer:

Problems with balance are usually not related to arthritis, but due to problems with the part of the brain that deals with balance called the cerebellum. He was testing this part of the brain with the exercise he asked you to perform.

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Response by:

Johnny  Su, MD Johnny Su, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University