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Muscle weakness

by Ledi Jariol
(Davao City, Philippines)

Question What shall I do with my weak ankle evertors? I'm having trouble when walking.


Answer: Ankle issues are not uncommon after stroke. If you have spasticity in your inverters, this would need to be addressed first. If your evertors do have some movement but are just weak, then you would need to do strengthening or ask your MD or physical therapist (PT) if electrical stimulation might be an option. Check with your PT for strengthening exercises. Ideas for ankle eversion exercises can be found online, but it's always best to consult with your PT for proper technique and to make sure you are doing the exercises that are best for you to improve gait. If there is no muscle contraction in the evertors or they are too weak, you may need to look into an ankle foot orthoses (brace) to help improve gait. Talk to your PT to see what options are appropriate for you.

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