Common Foot & Ankle
Conditions

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

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.

Treatments

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: