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Staying Mobile with MS

February 23, 2016

Having MS does not mean your life must come to a screeching halt. If you are accustomed to living life on the go, here are a few tips to keep you going in the right direction.

Shoes- To quote Michael Jordan, “It must be the shoes”. Having the right shoe can make all the difference when trying to walk. A big key is having a light weight shoe, as it is easier on the legs and in turn helps conserve energy. Laces are not recommended, as Velcro fasteners are must easier to take on and off. Lastly, having a good tread or grip on the shoe is super-important. You never know what type of surface you will have to truck through, so it helps to have a little extra grip. Too much grip can also be a problem, as your foot may “catch” and drag on the surface. Find a happy medium.

Car Accessories- When it comes to cars, technology has come a very long way. People are driving with their hands, heads, eyes and even their tongues! Installing extra mirrors on a vehicle can be very helpful, as well as a special lift to turn your wheelchair into a driver’s seat. Every day they are adding different types of vehicles to the list that can be modified.

Service Animals- This is not breaking news, but service animals (most notably dogs) can be a huge help in getting around. A service dog can help you stand, balance, and walk. They can safely guide you when you're at home and when you're out. They can also can help you navigate crosswalks, high-traffic areas, and crowded places like malls and parks. This is a good option for the patient who may need a hand sometimes, but does not need a full-time caregiver.

Motorized Scooter- Scooters can help a patient get around without help, and allows them to save the energy for when they actually reach their destination. These are great for the supermarket, as many have discovered, as well as places that require a lot of walking like amusement parks.