Multiple Sclerosis and Foot Health Coping with Numbness and Tingling

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially devastating brain and spinal cord illness (central nervous system). The immune system assaults the protective coating (myelin) that protects nerve fibers in MS, causing communication issues between the brain and the rest of the body. The condition can eventually cause persistent nerve fiber loss or degeneration.


Multiple sclerosis symptoms and indicators can vary widely from person to person and during the course of the disease, depending on where the damaged nerve fibers are located.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Numbness or weakness in one or more limbs, often on one side of your body at a time
  • Electric-shock feelings with specific neck motions, particularly forward bending of the neck (Lhermitte sign)
  • Loss of coordination
  • Unsteady stride or inability to walk

Coping with Numbness and Tingling in MS

If you are experiencing numbness and tingling in your feet due to MS, there are several things you can do to cope with these symptoms:

  • Put on comfortable Footwear

Wearing shoes that are comfortable and provide adequate support and cushioning can help decrease foot pain and discomfort. Shoes with a large toe box and a low heel might assist relieve strain on the feet.

  • Stretching and Strengthening

Foot flexibility, range of motion, and strength may all be improved through stretching and strengthening activities. Consult your doctor or physical therapist about recommended workouts for your situation.

  • Foot baths and massages

Massaging your feet and bathing in warm water might help relieve numbness and tingling. This can increase circulation to the feet while also promoting relaxation.

  • Medications

There are several medications available to help with the numbness and tingling in the feet caused by MS. Anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, and pain relievers are among them. Consult your doctor about which medications are appropriate for your circumstances.

  • Assistive Devices and Orthotics

Orthotics and assistive devices, such as braces or splints, can aid support and increase mobility in the foot. These devices can assist relieve strain on the feet and give additional ankle and foot support.

  • Rehabilitation treatment

Physical therapy can assist patients with foot drop improve their strength and stiffness. Your physical therapist will determine if your foot drop is caused by weakness, spasticity, or both, and will then prescribe particular exercises for you. The therapist will also assess how foot drop affects your functioning and whether an assistive device can help you get about better.

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