Walking (also known as gait) problems are fairly common for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Five MS symptoms that can affect walking are:
- Muscle weakness
Can cause toe drag, foot drop, and other gait abnormalities.
Can interfere with walking because it most commonly affects the leg muscles.
- Loss of balance
Can cause swaying and a “drunken” type of gait known as ataxia.
Can occur in the feet. Numbness can make a person with MS unable to feel the floor or know where his or her feet are. This is called sensory ataxia.
May cause problems with walking as exhaustion increases.
Dealing with walking/balance issues:
When it comes to managing walking/balance issues related to MS, exercise, physical therapy, walking aids, and, in some cases, a review of your medications can help. However, MS is different for everyone. So, each person's walking issue needs to be examined on an individual basis.
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