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Friday, February 26, 2016

Life on the Go With MS

You've got things to do and places to go, and no time for MS to slow you down. Check out these ideas to get comfortable and stay on the move.

Good Shoes

The right shoes can make walking a lot easier. They can help you manage symptoms like muscle stiffness, numbness, and balance problems.
"While there are plentiful options of shoes in the market, it is important to choose comfort and efficiency over style," says Nora Wagner, a physical therapist at Loyola University Health System.
Look for:
Light weight. Lighter shoes are easier on your legs and help you save energy. You'll also clear the ground more easily, which makes it less likely that you'll trip and fall.
Velcro fasteners. They're better than laces because they make it easier to put your shoes on and take them off. Adjust them for a secure, custom fit.
Wide, low heels. They make it easier for you to keep your balance. Choose one that's 1.5 inches tall or less.
Also, the bottom of your heels should be solid, not soft. Avoid flimsy shoes like flip-flops and sling-backs.
Good tread. It can help you navigate uneven surfaces like grass and gravel if you have numbness or balance problems, says Loyola University physical therapist Prem Batchu-Green.


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