Motor Neurone Disease (MND) – Ankle
What is it?
MND is a disease in which the motor neurones (nerves which make muscles move) are attacked. It is a progressive degenerative disease. Its exact cause is not clear but may be liked to things such as the chemical processes within nerve cells or the cells ability to move nutrients in and waste products out.
Symptoms can vary. In the early stages these may include tiredness, muscle pains or cramps or a weakness in the arms / legs and a feeling of clumsiness such as tripping regularly. As the disease progresses, these symptoms will become more severe.
Orthotic treatment will depend on how advanced the condition has become. Options include:
• Foot-up type AFO
As the foot and ankle become weaker it may be necessary to realign the foot/ankle biomechanics with a more structural device such as: