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Pes Planus and Neuromuscular Disease
Pes planus (flat foot, fallen arch) refers to an abnormally flattened arch. When standing, the entire foot will touch the floor. Pes planus is sometimes observed in individuals with Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) and other neuromuscular diseases, but not as often as pes cavus (high arch) is observed.
Pes Cavus and Neuromuscular Disease
Pes cavus, also called high foot arch or high instep, refers to an abnormally high arch and shortening in the foot. Pes cavus, caused by muscle imbalance, often occurs in individuals with Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) and Friedrich’s Ataxia (FA), and less frequently in other neuromuscular diseases.
Pole Walking and Neuromuscular Disease
With the weather turning nicer, I get outside to walk more often. Walking for exercise has been recommended to me by my physician, and is often recommended to those with various types neuromuscular disease. About a year ago, I discovered the benefits of using walking poles while walking.
Neuromuscular Disease and Spiritual Journaling
Recently, most of my journaling has taken the form of spiritual journaling. I have found this type of journaling to be beneficial to my ability to cope and thrive despite neuromuscular disease. Along with emotional and psychological benefits, journaling also has important health benefits.
Andreas and His CMT Challenge
Although Andreas Johansson suffers from the progressive neuromuscular disease Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT), he has not let that stop him from pursuing his dreams. Coming to the United States from Sweden, he embarked upon a trek across the U.S. on an EliptiGO, a self-powered eliptical style scooter.
Discrimination and Neuromuscular Disease
The Americans with Disabilities Act protects Americans with disabilities, including those caused by neuromuscular disease, from discrimination. I now believe, however, that I should have asserted my right to reasonable accommodation on my behalf by my employer.
Coloring Pages Featuring Children with Disability
A variety of free downloadable coloring booklets, pages, and activities for young children can be found on the internet. This article lists some of the websites with coloring pages and booklets available that highlight children with disabilities including mobility issues.
Writing to Find Meaning
Often, it becomes difficult to find the meaning behind the difficulties we go through. Experiencing a neuromuscular disease can leave one wondering how to make sense of it all. Many people find writing to be cathartic. The technique called clustering can help you to find meaning in your situation.
Neurology Now Magazine
Neurology Now, a magazine published by the American Academy of Neurology, and its companion website provide readers with accurate and readable articles about a variety of neurological diseases, including neuromuscular disease.
Support Groups and Neuromuscular Disease
If you do not yet belong to a support group, I strongly urge you to find a support group in your area or online. The relationships that you build will help you to live, cope, and even thrive despite neuromuscular disease.
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