Summertime is a great time to get out and walk, while enjoying the fresh air that the summertime brings with it. This is the reason I get out and enjoy long walks throughout the summertime. In fact I get out each day, and sometimes even twice a day to go for a walk. I have walked all over the state of Colorado, and have visited many places while walking, that I might otherwise not have visited.
Daily walks for me also help me to fight my multiple sclerosis, which is the main reason I walk now. I will now show you the walk aids that I have used to assist me in my long walks.
Walk aid number one
Orthotics is shoe inserts that give more support to my feet as I walk. Orthotics also helps control the spasticity in my feet as I walk for longer distances. Orthotics can also be worn by people that do not have multiple sclerosis like I do, if they have spasticity in their feet.
Walk aid number two
I also wear a leg braces when I go walking. This is one walk aid that I do not leave home without equipping this walk aid first. My leg braces provides me with better support in my legs on the days that I do not have as much support in legs due to my multiple sclerosis. My legs can become weak at any point and time, which is the reason I always use my leg brace.
Walking aid number three
Shoes are just as important for me with my multiple sclerosis as they are for everybody else. I look for walking shoes that will allow my feet to be comfortable and I have become reliant on my Nike 'Lunarswift 3' running shoes. To me these are shoes that allow my feet to breath as well as remain comfortable for long distances. This is the reason that I buy these shoes, but other people will have to find shoes that make their feet comfortable.
Walking aid number four
I also wear compression socks when I go walking, because they help me to fight fatigue, which is a common occurrence for me due to my multiple sclerosis. I find that my compression socks have helped me lower the amount of fatigue that I feel while walking which is the reason I love these socks as a walking aid.
Walking aid number five
I have found that using a walking stick has helped tremendously in the distances that I'm able to walk. This is the reason that I keep my walking stick next to my door so I can grab it on my way out the door. My walking stick gives me more stability while I'm out walking as my multiple sclerosis does get the best of me sometimes.
I started walking for my health 6 years ago after I was diagnosis with multiple sclerosis. I also walk to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis.