Asked 8 years, 3 months ago

As a stroke survivor, what can I do about muscle spasticity during running?

After a Stroke, Blood Flow Problems?

I am a 44-year-old brain stem stroke survivor, very fit before my illness. Most of my deficits are involuntary (such as balance problems), and not muscle-control related. I am running again but at about 45 minutes into the run, I experience cramping in my left foot and lose control of my left ankle and foot. Is this what is known as spasticity? Is there anything I can do to reduce this? I’d like to be able to run longer, and I certainly can’t see myself giving up running.

Jay Smith
Annapolis, MD


Membership Required

Become a Member

Become a member of the American Running Association today and enjoy these great benefits!

  • Six issues/year of e-Running & FitNews
  • Access to the Clinic – Ask our experts your sports medicine question
  • Access to more than 1,000 articles on Sports Medicine and Fitness
  • See all benefits