Friday, 19 January 2018

Symptoms update - toe walking and the need to sit

OK, so I go for months without a symptoms update and then several come along at once. This post comes from a comment made about my walking, and from my own observations going out in the evenings.

Firstly, the walking. My wife observed that I always seem to walk around at home on my toes rather than on my feet, and after she mentioned it I know that this is now a regular thing for me. I’m not sure when I moved from walking on feet to walking on toes, but it happens now. More detail: When we are at home we take our shoes off, so all of us walk around in our socks. I have noticed that I only walk on my toes at home, I don’t do this when wearing my shoes out an about. At home, walking on my feet feels more difficult, and therefore I wonder if this isn’t a bit more spasticity showing in my legs. The other observation is that with my insoles my heels are a couple of centimetres higher than without my insoles, so perhaps my feet are more used to walking with heels slightly higher.

Secondly, when I have had a busy day I feel the need to sit down towards the end of the evening. This was certainly true at my office Christmas do, where we were standing for a good while. I can feel that my legs are beginning to be more tired towards the end of the evening, and the need to sit gets stronger and stronger. Perhaps another example of more spasticity, or perhaps an example of physical fatigue starting to show itself. When I am at home there are many more reasons to sit down, so I don’t notice this as much – and I am often just putting in a few more flights of stairs or laps of the house to get to the next fitbit badge.

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