“Take a step in my shoes” is an all-too familiar quote. And when you have multiple sclerosis & MS related foot-drop in particular, “taking a step in my shoes” can be difficult–if not darn near impossible.
That’s why with foot-drop, the proper shoes are a prerequisite.
In most cases, every MSer has a favorite pair of “sliders.”
We’re not talking hamburgers here—we’re talking shoes!
Sliders are generally a well-worn pair of shoes with barely a trace of sole that “slides” over thick carpeting, rough concrete, tall grass or any other surface scratchy enough to grab a draggy toe.
A good pair of sliders gives you a sliver of confidence you can make it from the chair to the powder room witout doing a faceplant.
Sliders provide a little hope when yo have very little!
My favorite pair of sliders are ridiculously worn.
Probably a dozen years old with an aroma that would make a Bloodhound whimper.
I had to revert back to my old shoes seen above when this pair just became too difficult to wear.
The wide sole grabbed everything & made walking exhausting.
It was like wearing a pair of track spikes…..
…..Speaking of which, track spikes & golf shoes are a poor choice of footwear when you have MS foot-drop.
Cleats are a no-no unless you are Peyton Manning or Mia Hamm or something.
A good measure is the “slide-ability” of shoes over a surface.
If it is hard to slide shoes using your hand, there’s no way in hell your limp feet are gonna move it.
Here is a good pair of sliders for the ladies.
Flat, low-profile & easy to put on.
Heels on the other hand (or foot in this case) are bad for foot-dragging females or drag-dressing males with MS.
Running shoes are no better.
Nice, cushy walk but then again the tread grabs everything.
This pair of shoes excells on the slide-ability test.
Almost like a “boat-shoe” type sole. but they can stick on a wood surface so be careful.
I only wear them on my yacht.
I don’t wear hiking boots for a couple of reasons…
One…I no longer hike.
Two….Hiking boots are so dang heavy I can’t lift my legs!
That leave foot-dropping MSers with two options….
Light-weight, comfy & no catchy sole.
Or two…nothing at all. Barefoot.
I do my best “Huck Finn” & go barefoot around the house which explains my dirty feet & gnarly toenails.
If you have any tidbits on how you battle foot-drop, please share your knowledge with a comment!
Otherwise, tread lightly my friend. Keep moving–but do it safely.