Here is My Question:
Can a painful and tight achilles tendon be related to MS or possible worsening of walking? I have MS and have issues with my feet especially my right. I get numbness in my foot after walking a distance. I’ve recently started having Achilles area pain and had a popping. Went to an Ortho and they said it is likely MS related and could lead to foot drop etc. is the something you’ve seen with MS? If so, does it usually precede the foot drop issues? My pain is usually when I point my toe, not flex them up. I also have weakness when pushing the Gas pedal etc with that same movement. Thanks!
A tight Achilles and popping is a musculoskeletal issue and not directly related to MS. Spasticity of muscle can occur due to MS but is not a tendon issue. I’d suggest you speak with your neurologist or get another opinion (from a podiatrist or sports medicine physician).
A. Scott Nielsen MD MMSc
Neurologist and MS Specialist at Kaiser Permanente
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