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Muscle contractions

by Wendy
(South Carolina, USA)

Question: I had a stroke 5 years ago at the age of 46 with weakness on the right side. My arm has some movement but I still can not pick up objects. But the real problem is my leg. My ankle tends to have muscle contractions which causes my ankle to roll making walking very scary. There are times that I feel like if I don't hold on to something I will fall even when sitting down. What can I do to help this?

Answer: You could try an ankle brace. They have various soft support braces that you could wear to support your ankle though I don't know if that would work. I would also check with your doctor to see if there is anything to help control the contractions or relax the ankle muscles. It would be better to treat the cause rather than the symptoms if possible.

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