Friedreich Ataxia

  • Friedreich Ataxia is an inherited disease that causes progressive damage to the sensory nerves.
  • The first symptom is usually difficulty walking.
  • Diabetes and heart disease can co-occur with Friedrich ataxia.
  • Friedrich ataxia occurs in men and women between the ages of 5 to 15, but an individual can experience onset into one's 30s.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Unsteady postureĀ 
  • Frequent falling
  • Progressive difficulty walking
  • Rapid involuntary movements of the eyeball
  • Scoliosis (curving of the spine to one side)
  • Muscles weakness
  • Vision and hearing impairment
  • Slurred speech
  • High arches
  • Lack or loss of deep tendon reflex