Enhancing Mobility for Multiple Sclerosis with Cadense. We recognize the challenges of maintaining mobility when living with multiple sclerosis. Our adaptive shoes are expertly designed to help you move more comfortably and confidently.
At Cadense, we prioritize the support and mobility you need on your unique journey. Explore our collection today and experience the Cadense difference for individuals with multiple sclerosis.
WHAT IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a complex neurological condition that affects the central nervous system, comprising the brain and spinal cord. This chronic disease occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the protective covering of nerve fibers, known as myelin. As a result, communication between the brain and the rest of the body becomes disrupted.
The impact of MS on Walking
One of the effects of MS is its impact on mobility, particularly walking. The damage to the myelin sheath can result in a range of symptoms that affect the ability to walk smoothly and efficiently. Individuals with MS may experience muscle weakness, numbness, or tingling in the legs, making it challenging to maintain a normal gait.
Causes of Multiple sclerosis
This section explores the diverse causes contributing to the onset and progression of MS, shedding light on the complex mechanisms that underlie this neurological condition.
While the precise genetic triggers remain elusive, there is evidence suggesting a genetic component in the development of multiple sclerosis. Individuals with a family history of MS may have a higher risk, highlighting the intricate interplay between genetics and susceptibility to this neurological condition.
Multiple sclerosis is widely considered an autoimmune disease, where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissues. In the case of MS, the target is the myelin sheath, the protective covering of nerve fibers. Understanding this autoimmune aspect is crucial for unraveling the complexities of the disease.
Certain environmental factors, such as vitamin D deficiency, exposure to certain infections, and even geographic location, have been linked to an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Exploring these environmental connections provides valuable insights into potential preventive strategies and management approaches.
Various viral infections, including Epstein-Barr virus, have been implicated in the onset or exacerbation of multiple sclerosis. The intricate relationship between viral exposure and the immune system's response is an area of ongoing research, shedding light on the complex interplay between infections and neurological health.
Smoking has been identified as a modifiable risk factor for multiple sclerosis, influencing both susceptibility and disease progression. Additionally, lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity play roles in managing MS symptoms. Exploring these aspects empowers individuals with MS to make informed lifestyle choices.
Treatments for multiple sclerosis
While there is no cure for MS, various treatments are available to manage symptoms, slow the progression of the disease, and improve quality of life. Treatment plans are often individualized based on the specific needs and characteristics of each person with MS. Here are some common approaches to managing multiple sclerosis:
Disease-Modifying Therapies (DMTs)
These medications are designed to modify or suppress the immune system to reduce the frequency and severity of relapses and slow the progression of MS. Examples include interferons, glatiramer acetate, and newer drugs such as dimethyl fumarate, fingolimod, and ocrelizumab.
Physical and Occupational Therapy
Physical therapists can provide exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and mobility. Occupational therapists can help with strategies for managing daily activities.
In the case of acute relapses or exacerbations, corticosteroids like methylprednisolone may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and speed up recovery.
Diet and Exercise
A healthy diet and regular exercise can contribute to overall well-being. Exercise can help with mobility, strength, and mood.
Various medications and therapies can help manage specific symptoms of MS. For example:
- Muscle relaxants can help with spasticity.
- Medications such as baclofen or tizanidine can be used to manage muscle spasms.
- Antidepressants or anticonvulsants may be prescribed for neuropathic pain.
- Medications can help with bladder and bowel dysfunction.
Exercises for Multiple Sclerosis
Walking is a low-impact exercise that can help improve cardiovascular health, maintain muscle strength, and enhance balance.
Start with short, manageable distances and gradually increase as your endurance improves. Consider using assistive devices like adaptive shoes, canes, or walking poles if needed.
Yoga is known for its gentle, controlled movements and focus on breathing. It can help improve flexibility, balance, and relaxation.
Many yoga poses can be adapted to accommodate varying mobility levels. Look for classes specifically designed for individuals with MS or those with limited mobility.
Incorporating gentle stretching into your routine can help improve flexibility and reduce muscle stiffness.
Focus on major muscle groups, including hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, and the upper body. Hold each stretch for 15-30 seconds, breathing deeply and avoiding any movements that cause pain.
Why Choose Cadense Adaptive Shoes
Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) may experience various challenges related to mobility, balance, and coordination. Choosing adaptive or supportive footwear can be beneficial for several reasons
Walking made easier
Walking with Multiple Sclerosis can be challenging as individuals often have a difficult time clearing the ground when taking a step forward.
We have designed the world's first truly adaptive shoe for people experiencing walking difficulties.
It uses our ground-breaking variable friction technology which allows its wearer to slide over obstacles with ease that would otherwise present a trip hazard. Learn more about how our technology works.
Improved Stability and Balance
MS can affect balance and coordination, making it essential to have shoes that provide adequate support.
The outsole of Cadense Adaptive Shoes features a generously wide base, creating the feeling of additional stability and balance.
Crafted with resilient, shock-absorbing foams, the outsole ensures durability while providing an extra layer of cushioning for unparalleled walking comfort. Elevating the design further, the upper construction features a highly breathable knit, enhancing the overall comfort of the shoe.
Easy to put on and take off
Some people with MS may experience difficulties with fine motor skills or dexterity.
With Cadense Adaptive Shoes getting in and out of your shoes is going to be very easy. The entry mechanism has been designed as a single-hand operation.
Simply slide one finger into the loop that sits on top of the velcro and release it. Slide your foot in and tighten the velcro to your comfort.
Fashion and Style
Adaptive shoes have come a long way in terms of design and style. Choosing adaptive footwear doesn't mean compromising on aesthetics., especially when you choose Cadense shoes.
Our design team has worked tirelessly to implement current fashion trends, so you can walk, look, and feel your best.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best lifestyle for MS patients?
The ideal lifestyle for individuals with MS emphasizes a balanced and healthy approach. Regular exercise, tailored to your abilities, can help manage symptoms and improve overall well-being. A well-balanced diet, rich in nutrients, is essential for maintaining optimal health. Adequate rest and sleep are crucial, as fatigue is a common symptom of MS. Finally, staying connected with a supportive network, including friends, family, and healthcare professionals, can provide emotional and practical support.
Do people with MS walk differently?
Yes, walking difficulties are a common symptom of multiple sclerosis. The impact on walking can range from mild to severe, depending on the individual and the progression of the disease. Some people with MS may experience issues with balance, coordination, or muscle weakness, affecting their gait. Physical therapy and assistive devices, such as adaptive shoes, canes or braces, can be helpful in managing walking difficulties and maintaining mobility. It's important for individuals with MS to work closely with healthcare professionals to address specific challenges and develop personalized strategies for maintaining mobility.
What should I avoid with multiple sclerosis?
Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) involves managing your lifestyle to minimize potential triggers and challenges. It's advisable to avoid excessive stress, as stress can exacerbate symptoms. Smoking is another factor that may worsen MS, so quitting or avoiding smoking is recommended. Additionally, some individuals find that extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can be challenging, so taking measures to stay cool or warm is important.
How can I stop my MS from progressing?
We know lifestyle factors such as eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy gut, exercising regularly, and taking vitamin D are helpful for our overall health. Some, like exercise, can help with MS symptoms and prevent complications. See our exercise section for some inspiration.