I have severe leg weakness following a left femur fracture 6 months ago.
I want to start physical therapy soon to help me walk better in my walker. I mainly use a wheelchair now. Before the accident I did not have a wheelchair. What kind of shoes should I have for PT? My doctor said I will walk again but I have to help myself. I have had MS for 15 ears and am 67 years young. I want so to improve my life. Thank you, lynn
So glad to hear that you are starting physical therapy and are motivated to help yourself!
Sarah Wargo DPT, MSCS at the Mandell Center for Multiple Sclerosis says that sneakers would be best. This will allow you to participate in any standing or walking activities with good foot support and traction on the floor. Additionally, it will allow the therapist to trial any type of assistive bracing that may be beneficial to assist with walking.
If possible, please see a physical therapist that has experience with people that have multiple sclerosis.
- A great place to start looking for a physical therapist in your area is through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) specialists website. Check out their website for someone with a Neurologic Certified Specialist designation (NCS). APTA
- Or find a physical therapist in the area who is an MS Specialist (MSCS). To find one, go to MSCS, this is the website of The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. Click on "contact us", fill out the form and ask to be connected with a physical therapist who is an MS Specialist in your area.
Here is a blog with some information on physical therapists for MS. READ MORE
Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!