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Medical Question - Trouble Walking, Turning and Standing

My mom is 74 years old and taking no medications. (Yes, I know. Female, old and mother - I've hit the trifecta to hate away). She has trouble walking - she claims she can't get her feet to move sometimes. She is unable to turn - pivot or move. She also has trouble getting out of chairs (even the lift kind). We've been to the doctor and he either can't or won't tell her why she sometimes has to stand for a few minutes and think about moving her feet before she can start walking. My aunt, who is her age, has no trouble at all walking and still bowls every week. She also will stumble backwards and not be able to stop herself. She falls a lot and I'm concerned for her. Can anyone give me any leads as to what would cause this sort of problem? I'm hoping someone here has dealt with something similar and can give me some insight as to what might cause this. She takes physical therapy which helps but we'd like to know what's going on.

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