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Hammer Toes and Neuromuscular Disease
Technically referred to as hammer toe deformity, hammer toe is caused by contractures in the joints of the toe. Hammertoe is most common in the second toe, but can affect all of the four smaller toes. The affected toe or toes turn under into a claw-like position.
Neuromuscular Disease, Darkness, and Balance
As we waited for the fireworks to begin, my mind wandered to the walk back to our car. I wondered if I would trip or fall. It would be completely dark by then, and most of the walk would be over uneven ground.
Resilience - Bending Not Breaking
I wish to be resilient, like these pine trees. I have faced trials and difficulties in the past, and will continue to further problems in the future. These include (but certainly not limited to) diagnosis with the neuromuscular disease Charcot Marie Tooth. The nature of CMT requires resilience.
Kayaking with Neuromuscular Disease
According to the American Canoe Association (ACA) and United States Canoe Association (USCA), kayaking and other paddle sports can be adapted to accommodate individuals with a wide range of physical disabilities.
Contacting the White House
Did you know that if you can contact the White House directly? If you are a U.S. citizen, making your voice heard to influence governmental decisions is your right and responsibility. Contacting the President of the United States at the White House is one of the ways that you can do this.
Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation supports the athletic efforts of individuals with physical challenges. Rather than focusing on disability, this organization focuses on the abilities of athletes with physical challenges in order to create acceptance and respect.
My First Visit to a Neurologist
In retrospect, I learned a lot from my first visit to a neurologist about how to be better prepared for future visits to the neurologist and to other physicians that I would be referred to see.
Inherited Neuropathies Consortium
Registering with the ICN was quick and easy. If you have CMT, consider registering with the INC so that you can be part of the search for more effective treatments and cures for the inherited neuropathies.
The hobby of “letterboxing” has been growing. It involves hiking and navigational skills, with the fun of finding a “treasure” at the end of the hike. Trails can be selected by level of difficulty and wheelchair accessibility, making this a great hobby for individuals with neuromuscular disease.
Coping with Shin Splints
Also known as tibial stress syndrome or exercise related leg pain, shin splints are caused by stress to the tibia (the shinbone) and the connective tissue between the muscle and tibia. This causes pain in the front of the lower leg and sometimes mild swelling.
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