Orthotics Help Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Orthotics are one treatment that can help those with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) improve their mobility.
It is estimated that about 400,000 Americans have MS, a neurological disorder that currently has no cure. MS is unpredictable with a wide range of symptoms that vary among individuals. Symptoms not only differ in their severity, but they can flare up and subside for short or long periods of time.
While most people diagnosed with MS range in age from 15 to 40, it is also common in younger children or older adults.
Orthotics can offer assistance to manage some of the most common physical symptoms of MS, such as:
● Difficulty with mobility and walking
● Foot drop or drag
● Weakness in the legs
● Balance/lack of coordination
● Muscle stiffness of the muscles (spasticity)
Custom-fitted orthotics and other assistive devices can be valuable tools for those with MS, helping to make life a little easier. Having custom orthotic inserts can help improve your stability and lessen fatigue. If you have spasticity in your feet, the extra support can be beneficial as well.
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) recommends ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) as a possible way to relieve the effects of foot drop and reduce spasticity.
Foot-drop is a common symptom of MS that occurs when nerve damage prevents the leg muscles from lifting the foot at the ankle properly, making walking or taking stairs a challenge. There is also new technology like functional electronic stimulation (FES) systems to help with foot drop.
Funding the assistive devices and orthotics that can help individuals with MS can be difficult for some families to afford. Not only do we accept a wide variety of health insurance plans, but we have the flexibility to work out individualized extended payment plans to help our clients get the orthotics they need.
Visit Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics to see if a custom orthotics can help alleviate the symptoms of MS for you or someone you care about. We’ve been providing expert orthotics services in Michigan since 1955 and have more than 20 locations, including Traverse City, Cadillac, Petoskey, and Marquette.