drop it like it’s floppy

by tinglyfeeling on February 24, 2009

One of my most annoying MS symptoms, other than the random tingling and numbness and fatigue & etc., is foot drop. I don’t have it bad every day, but usually, my right leg and foot are slower and heavier than my left. My right foot sort of drags and flops when I walk–you can’t really notice it by watching me, but I am very aware of the extra effort it takes to lift my right foot with each step.

Step … flop. Step … flop. Step … flop.

On Multiple Sclerosis Central, Merely Me gives a video demonstration of what foot drop looks like for her. Her gait is a bit more exaggerated than what I experience, but what it looks like on her is definitely what it feels like for me. All heavy and floppy and clompy, like a lame cartoon horse. Or like I’ve got a leg made out of wood, but a foot made out of a wet bean bag. Charming.

Anyway, watch as Merely Me does her thing and you’ll get the idea:

I commute to and from work via foot and bus, so foot drop is really not helpful when I’m rushing to catch a bus, which is often. I hope to get some good rest tonight so perhaps it won’t be as bad tomorrow. Fingers crossed….

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  • Amelia

    Great post! There are days when I feel like this happens to me but it’s not constant and I didn’t realise it had a name! Thanks for that and I hope you get some good rest! The massage actually helped me, I got a good night’s sleep last night and what a difference that makes!!

    Take care
    Amelia XxXxX

  • Amelia

    Great post! There are days when I feel like this happens to me but it’s not constant and I didn’t realise it had a name! Thanks for that and I hope you get some good rest! The massage actually helped me, I got a good night’s sleep last night and what a difference that makes!!

    Take care
    Amelia XxXxX

  • http://www.tinglyfeeling.com/ tinglyfeeling

    Aaah, I’ve been dreaming of a massage all week, but I keep forgetting to schedule one! Glad you got one and some sleep and are feeling better.

    I’d never heard of foot drop either until my sister told me a few weeks ago that she’s been experiencing it a lot more lately. And then I didn’t really realize that I experience it, too, until I saw Merely Me’s article and video demonstrating the symptom. So, now we both know! ;-)

    xo
    tinglyfeeling

  • http://www.tinglyfeeling.com/ tinglyfeeling

    Aaah, I’ve been dreaming of a massage all week, but I keep forgetting to schedule one! Glad you got one and some sleep and are feeling better.

    I’d never heard of foot drop either until my sister told me a few weeks ago that she’s been experiencing it a lot more lately. And then I didn’t really realize that I experience it, too, until I saw Merely Me’s article and video demonstrating the symptom. So, now we both know! ;-)

    xo
    tinglyfeeling

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  • http://www.melizzard.com Melizzard

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  • http://www.tinglyfeeling.com/ tinglyfeeling

    melizzard – thanks for the link! i hadn’t seen the video, but i’d heard of that (expensive!) contraption. that was pretty freaking amazing. i hope that technology becomes more affordable so we can all have bionic legs if/when we need them. that was really cool to see. thanks again for sharing.

  • http://www.tinglyfeeling.com/ tinglyfeeling

    melizzard – thanks for the link! i hadn’t seen the video, but i’d heard of that (expensive!) contraption. that was pretty freaking amazing. i hope that technology becomes more affordable so we can all have bionic legs if/when we need them. that was really cool to see. thanks again for sharing.

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