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My mother in law has MS and just recently has developed a painful foot particularly when she is lifting it to walk. The pain is at the side of her foot and a bit underneath. The gp thinks it might be plantar fasciitis and she has got exercises to do. I just wondered if anyone else on her has experienced this. She has not had this pain before. Welcome any advice! Thanks

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Hi @Bacardi555  ,


MS can cause areas of weakness in our limbs, e.g. Foot Drop, which we tend to automatically compensate for. However, this automatic compensation can introduce bad practice, which can cause unnatural stress on muscles and joints. This can cause the physical pain.


It would be prudent to obtain a Neuro-physio assessment to determine which muscles aren't working, so specific exercises can be prescribed.


Your Mother-in-law should contact her MS Nurse to arrange this assessment.


There's some details below regarding Plantar Fasciitis, so that you can consider whether this potential diagnosis is appropriate :-


Plantar fasciitis is where you have pain on the bottom of your foot, around your heel and arch. You can usually ease the pain yourself, but see a GP if the pain does not improve within 2...




John aka Stumbler (as I do fall over!)

Illegitimi non carborundum


"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... "Wow! What a ride!"

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Hi Bacardi555 and welcome :flowerface:


In addition to Stumbler's reply, if you pop "Plantar" (without the quote marks) into the search box, you'll find a couple of topics from others who've had it or something similar, (I say "Plantar" on its own as some people misspell "fasciitis").


I hope your mother-in-law manages to find some relief, and please feel free to ask anything you like about MS.


(belated DX in June '05, SPMS)

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