Trouble walking on concrete?

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   Posted 7/13/2016 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I do have an appointment with a neurologist, but not for a few weeks.

Just wondering if you have any problem with walking on concrete or other hard surfaces? When I visit a local fair and walk (maybe around 8 blocks) on the sidewalk, I'm a bit stiff afterwards, especially my legs/feet. But I really "pay" overnight after I go to bed and wake up with leg and sometimes toe cramps and more stiffness.

I do take Flexeril, but it seems to make me more sleepy than anything. Also, I invest in good, supportive shoes, so I know that's not the problem. I'm not one to sit all day, my weight is good, and I do stretching exercises daily. I keep as active as I can.

I have a very high foot arch, and had specially-made orthotics made (twice), but I can no longer wear either, because the materials are too hard for my (very inflexible) feet.

However, I do wear things inside my shoes which help slightly, such as soft orthotic inserts, shoe liners, and sometimes, elastic bands which support the arch. They really don't help much anymore, however, either alone or used together.

Well-intentioned people sometimes tell me I should walk MORE on concrete and it would help the problem, but I've found it only makes it worse.

Getting around in big stores like Wal-Mart is becoming a problem. I do think I have to continue to push myself to walk at least a little on hard surfaces like this, but definitely can't tolerate it for long.

Does anyone else have this problem? I feel like I've tried every solution I can think of, but nothing really helps. I would guess it's nerve-related, and I don't want to cause further damage, if there is any.

I'll definitely bring this up to the neurologist, but would appreciate any insight. Thanks! :-)
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Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 7/13/2016 5:43:28 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/13/2016 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Luvzminis,

I have mobility problems due to MS but not what you are experiencing.

I do better on hard flat surfaces and worse on uneven or soft surfaces (grass, sand, carpet, ect) and difficulty when I have to transition from one type of surface to another. The reason for this is I don't pick my feet up properly and have a tendency to drag either one or both of my feet or toe my toes drag and my balance is lousy. This can also happen when I walk on hard flat surfaces.

I walk and I exercise. Although I push my limitations and always have there is a fine line to it. I will reach the point of "will my legs support me or are they going to give out, can I make it back to the car." I have spasticity (stiffness, spasms) but I need some stiffness so that I can walk, if the stiffness is gone my legs would not be able to support me.

My experience every time I push my limits: I am exhausted and sleep much more than usual, my legs have much pain to the point I add in another medication. I will pay in this way anywhere from one to several days.
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   Posted 7/15/2016 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Snoopy: Thanks for your reply.

I have a relative who has MS, which sounds similar to your walking issues (worse on uneven or soft surfaces, etc.).

Interesting that you should mention the stiffness helps support you. I think that's where I'm at. I used to be occasionally stiff; would come and go, but now, I seem to have stiff legs all the time. And for a day or two after walking (too much) on concrete, in a Wal-Mart or other big store, etc., wow---are my leg muscles tight and hard! They make me look like a (very) long-distance runner. One small plus, LOL!

I broke down and took a Flexeril yesterday, and small dose of Neurontin. They certainly helped, but so dislike the sleepy effects. Still, today, I'm quite a bit better, so the roller coaster ride continues.

Thanks again for you input. I hope you have a great weekend ahead! :)
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