It’s important to find ways to stay mobile when you have multiple sclerosis.
Many of the symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis — dizziness, spasticity, pain, numbness, and fatigue — can manifest into mobility issues. However, according to National MS Society, there are ways to manage these mobility issues so that a person living with MS can continue being active and getting the most out of life.
Wearing the right footwear is an important part of managing mobility issues, particularly impaired balance or foot drop. Invest in good, sturdy shoes that support your feet and give plenty of cushioning. Stilettos and sling backs, or shoes that don’t support the back of the heel are out. If you have problems with fine motor movement in your hands, you may find velcro fastenings more preferable to laces.
Vehicles can be adapted to make driving easier, thus allowing patients to retain independence. However, in some cases, a specially adapted car or minivan may be preferable if you need space for a wheelchair. Your occupational therapist should be able to suggest modifications that can be made to your vehicle to improve your mobility.
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