Multiple Sclerosis Community
9.22k Members
710547 tn?1295446030

Does anyone with bad foot drop use muscle stim?

I have secondary progressive MS and my foot drop is suddenly getting worse the past few days. I can't walk regularly due to the severe muscle spasm in my right leg. The ankle is much larger, the foot is flatter and longer, and of course the foot won't flex upward. It is really bothering me more than it has before.

I have often had severe pain in that leg, but it has become more numb and looks and functions differently. I start walking and the right foot won't flex causing me to limp and walk stoff legged. I have a brace, but not the fancy stim one (I have medicaid).

I'm wondering if anyone has tried muscle stimulators that come with TENS units. I used it a few times and it seemed like it might help, but I want to know if anyone has felt an actual change.

Any info about foot drop from the experience of someone whose has worsened greatly would be appreciated. (I've had foot drop for over 10 years, so I know all about it - just experiencing a tremendous worsening)
2 Responses
987762 tn?1331027953
Hi, i've been hoping someone from old would have an answer for you, unfortunately it might take awhile before they might pop in and see your post.

Have you looked to see if there's something mentioned in any of our previous conversations to do with foot drop, there should be quiet a few but nothing springs to mind specifically about TENS though sorry.........JJ
5265383 tn?1483808356
In theory, TENS should work to stimulate the nerves associated with foot drop.  I tried a Bioness L300 and the pads are similar.

In practice, I haven't found the right areas to create the right motion (despite avid googling).  What I plan to do is see a physiotherapist and have them find me the right spots.

I'd also like to recommend that you find The MS Gym on Facebook.  They have a free PDF file of exercises for those with foot drop and they have been helping me a lot.
Have an Answer?
Top Neurology Answerers
987762 tn?1331027953
5265383 tn?1483808356
1756321 tn?1547095325
Queensland, Australia
1780921 tn?1499301793
Queen Creek, AZ
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Find out how beta-blocker eye drops show promising results for acute migraine relief.
In this special Missouri Medicine report, doctors examine advances in diagnosis and treatment of this devastating and costly neurodegenerative disease.
Here are 12 simple – and fun! – ways to boost your brainpower.
Discover some of the causes of dizziness and how to treat it.
Discover the common causes of headaches and how to treat headache pain.
Two of the largest studies on Alzheimer’s have yielded new clues about the disease