What does walking with MS feel like? A person’s walking ability can be affected by other MS symptoms, including muscle tightness, numbness in the feet, loss of balance and coordination, foot drop, vision impairments, fatigue, or weakness. A steady gait is not only important for getting from point A to point B—it can also be important for safety.
What does an MS gait look like? First, let’s take a look at some of the common characteristics of the MS gait pattern that you might be experiencing: You may walk more slowly, with shorter steps. You may lack in confidence when you walk – leading to hesitation and stumbling. You might feel unsteady when turning or walking.
How can I improve my walking with MS?
- Physical Therapy.
- Occupational Therapy.
- Aerobic Exercise.
- Walking Aids for Mobility and Independence.
- Working With a Podiatrist.
- Botox to Reduce Spasticity.
- Functional Electrical Nerve Stimulation.
- Medication for Walking Help.
What percentage of MS patients cant walk? Among people with MS, 41% reported having difficulty walking, including 13% with inability to walk at least twice a week. Of those with difficulty walking, 70% said it was the most challenging aspect of having MS.