After a stroke, many patients are eager to take the first steps down a smooth road to recovery. While this spirit and determination are commendable, anyone in the middle of rehabilitation for a stroke should avoid pushing too hard, too fast.


Patients, their families, and their caretakers often want to find the perfect balance between overworking and not working hard enough. Those who suffer moderate to severe strokes usually need to put in work to regain their ability to walk normally. Of course, such an effort can lead to injury-causing falls that can set the recovery process back to square one. So, what’s the best strategy” Let’s look at some factors to consider.

Know What You’re Up Against

Many stroke victims will initially be surprised by the ways in which their stroke has impacted their walking. Each person who has suffered a stroke experiences the physical effects in different ways.


Patients will likely notice a loss of balance, muscle fatigue, or lack of coordination in the immediate aftermath of a stroke. These conditions often result in changes to an individual’s gait. Understanding these symptoms and recognizing that they can get better with time and effort is the first step to recovery.

Stick to Your Exercise Routine

There’s no shortage of specialized exercises designed to aid in recovery from a stroke. Performing these exercises as part of a consistent routine endorsed by your physician or physical therapist can go a long way toward getting you moving again.


One common effect of a stroke is toe impairment. This comes from the curling and curving of the toe joints due to a stroke. The toes form the basis for our gait, so these impairments can severely limit mobility. A stretching regimen and exercises like toe taps can improve the condition of your toes. Once they’re in good working order, you can proceed more safely with walking.


Other important exercises for stroke patients can include balance training, water aerobics, and “bridging exercises,” which strengthen the abdomen, pelvis, and hips.

Seek Support

Rehab can be a long road -- it’s important to have both physical and emotional support from the proper mobility aids and friends, family members, or caretakers who can keep you in good spirits. Be sure to come to Medical Supply Depot for any mobility needs you may encounter during your recovery! 

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