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Old 02-06-2013, 10:12 AM
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Well I saw my neuro last night and he was not so encouraging. He told me there was nothing really to be done and suggested hightop running shoes, which I don't think they even make anymore.

I decided to wait until it was warmed and I could run outside to stop myself from getting frustrated and discouraged on the treadmill. I've decided to work on my cardio endurance on the elliptical instead. At least it leaves me happier instead of frustrated!

He also seemed to think that running a half marathon with this issue would be impossible. I guess we will see!
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:31 PM
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I noticed I have something similar with my right foot. I have found that building up the quadriceps in the right leg has helped with that issue. I try to be more mindful of form, stride length, and foot strike when I start to "shuffle". I tried a few varieties of shoes with slight variations in weight (my body tells very slight differences - thanks MS:-) and cushioning.

We all face challenges when running or exercising. It takes much inner strength to get out there and try. In the end that is all we can do. Try finding a running group - that is where I started. They have been a great source of inspiration and help in my running with MS journey! Good luck!
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:30 AM
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So, what I thought might be foot drop likely list not that. I had the test done with the electrodes/thin needles (emg?) and it showed no evidence of that.

Then I went to see the ortho, got exrays and surprise it seems to I have tendonitis on that muscle that runs along the front of my ankle to my foot.

So I scaled back on the intervals to build up running time more slowly. I pop 2 advil and stretch that out before running and ice afterwards. It seems to be working pretty well.

I guess just because you have MS does not mean everything is related to is.

I am thinking of working on my half, and ankle strength, hoping it will support that tendon better.

As a last hope I can get a cortisol shot, but I am trying not to go that way.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:25 AM
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Lisa, docbjm, Marina, updates? I'm finally catching up and I red flagged these posts. Curious Dave wants to know. Fingers crossed all is well.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:39 AM
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See a physical therapist that specializes in running. My foot weakness is directly related to very poor hip strength. I also have some weakness in my rt quad. My PT said that is probably an MS thing because it is backwards. The quad should be stronger than the hamstring and on my right leg it's the other way around. I also have very poor hip strength which leads to way too much stress on my foot/ankle. All that lead to some gnarly achilles tendinitis.

I've been working on this for 4 months and find I don't drag my foot near as much. I am much better at not tripping on things too.

I used to blame my MS for everything. Although I can't blame it for all of my troubles, I can blame it for complicating those troubles.
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:41 PM
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Hi all, I'm a brand new member. I've been having similar problems with my left foot/leg while jogging, and I can't even tell you what a relief it is to read that others have the same problem. I've always felt that my symptoms are intensely 'personal' -- it's hard to describe what's happening, and I've always imagined that no one else really gets what I'm going through.

Like some of the other posters, I am mostly asymptomatic except when I run. Everything's fine when I start out, but about 5 minutes in, my foot begins to feel heavy. 15 minutes in, my foot drop starts and I have to concentrate on my foot placement to make sure I don't stumble. 20 minutes in, my left quad feels very heavy, my ankle gets kind of floppy, the whole leg feels wooden, and I just walk the rest of the way.
This started six years ago -- it only slightly affected my gait while running -- and slowly over the years has been worsening so that now I run only occasionally, and it's a sad and frustrating experience when I do. Needless to say, running has been 'my happy place' and I'd like to get back to it.

I get regular massage. I haven't worked with a PT because of the out-of-pocket costs, but maybe I just need to bite the bullet. I've just investigated stretches that strengthen the tibialis anterior, so I'll start those. I am interested in the Toe Off by Allard that someone mentioned. I browsed the Toe Off website but many of the links aren't functional so there's not a whole lot of info to be had. Has anyone actually *jogged* with a Toe Off and does it work out ok?

Thanks, everyone. Keep on keeping on, as they say.

Florence
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Old 05-24-2014, 04:01 PM
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Hi Im Francois
Excuse me to interfere in your discussion :-)
I have a complete foot drop on left foot since 2001 due to a snowmobile accident.

We designed this new foot drop brace specially for active poeples in search comfort during intense and long endurance activity.
I ran several full marathons with this external drop foot brace

It will allow you to walk, run hike as far as you want without any risk of rubbing injuries due to the brace. You can see it in action on Youtube...

Website: www.turbomedorthotics.com
Video: http://youtu.be/KziRDfRrfGc

I can assure you that the comfort of our new external brace have nothing in common with any conventional internal brace.

Hope it will help everybody afflicted by drop foot to recover their full level of activity.
Don't give up!! :-)

Regards
François


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Old 05-24-2014, 05:58 PM
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François, I usually raise an eyebrow when someone posts something a bit salesey without my permission, but it looks like a solid product that is much needed. I'll let it slide, but next time write me first. Nice to meet you.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:27 PM
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This started for me 10 years ago so i stopped running. I went from running 6 to 7 miles in an hour to not being able to run more than a minute due to tripping over my toes. I saw knee/foot specialists. Then I saw some threads on foot drop. This doesn't usually happen when I walk but it's starting to.. My husband says when I run (he watches from behind) it looks like that leg is dead and I'm just kicking it out. I feel it though. Anyway, EMG on my right leg (bad leg) was abnormal, left normal. So far lower lumbar and neck and brain mri normal (except for abnormal lymph nodes?) so maybe peroneal nerve in knee s/b looked at? I have a slipping kneecap in the bad leg and it has gone out several times.. MRI denied by insurance in my knee though. Any recommendations now? What else could it be? I feel as though my body is betraying me because it seems to be getting worse and then last time i did my run/walk intervals i was doing all winter long I seriously got hip bursitis on my good side.. I'm only 44. This is because the left side is doing all the work I believe. I don't know what to do anymore. But now the walking is getting weird. I'm aware of the bad leg and kick out the foot and sometimes now trip over that toe. I'm going to lose it. Anyone have any recommendations? I go back to the neurologist in August.. first time she can see me again.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:33 AM
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Good luck with getting some answers, Nicolle. It could be any number of things and I'm sorry you have to wait until August. Keep us posted if you can. Thanks.
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