Can drop foot be a symptom of MS? Foot drop, or dropped foot, is a symptom of multiple sclerosis caused by weakness in the ankle or disruption in the nerve pathway between the legs and the brain. This disruption means it is difficult to lift the front of the foot to the correct angle during walking.
How do you fix MS drop foot?
- Physical therapy Physical therapy can help improve strength and stiffness for people who have foot drop, notes the NMSS.
- Braces A brace called an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) is commonly recommended to help manage foot drop, adds the NMSS.
Do people with MS have foot problems? Patients with MS had many problems with the health of their lower extremities, which manifested in walking difficulties, balance problems, muscle weaknesses and spasticity. In the feet, pes cavus, claw toes, oedema and altered foot sensation were common.
Is MS foot drop painful? You might alter the way you walk to compensate for foot drop, which takes more effort and energy, leading to you feeling more tired more quickly. Over the course of some time, this altered way of walking can cause the tightening of muscles, with pain in the lower back or hip.