Motor symptoms of peripheral neuropathy typically refer to the effects the neuropathy has on a person’s movement. One of the common complaints of people with peripheral neuropathy is muscle weakness. The muscles surrounding the affected nerve may even start to waste away, and appear smaller than usual. This occurs as a result of the muscles not being stimulated enough due to the damaged nerves that run through them.

On physical examination, a person’s reflexes, may be decreased or absent. This is considered to be one of the measurable signs of peripheral neuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathy can affect the way a person walks, as well as affect their balance. Due to the decrease in balance, people with severe peripheral neuropathy are more prone to falls and injury. A person with peripheral neuropathy may take higher steps to prevent their toes from dragging and may slap their feet on the ground when walking.

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