39 msfocusmagazine.org front of the ankle that lifts the toes up get weak. This results in the front of the foot catching on the floorwhen you walk, resulting in loss of balance and falls, and eventually walking less and less. Exercises can help with this, but only specific ones. In particular, exercises that slowly and carefully stretch the calf muscles, while strengthening the muscles that lift the toes will help to reduce the effects of foot drop and improve walking. On the other hand, if a person with foot drop strengthened their arms, or rode a stationary bicycle, their foot drop would not improve. They would become fitter and healthier, but their problems with walking would persist. Getting The Most Out of Exercise All exercise is not the same. Just as each medication has a different purpose and goal, each exercise does too. Everyone with MS should look for a physical therapist that is knowledgeable about the disease. Work with the physical therapist to improve any mobility problems, or address other concerns that affect their physical abilities. In my 25 years of experience in working with persons with MS, I have always seen that the people who do the best are those who are involved in a serious and specific exercise program. The new year is here, and as everyone knows, that’s a time to make resolutions. I hope that all persons with MS make a resolution to not just exercise more, but also exercise better. Find out from a physical therapist who specializes in MS what specific types of exercises you should do to help you with your MS and start doing them. 2019 Cruise Itinerary Saturday, April 13: Depart Miami, 4:30 p.m. Sunday & Monday, April 14/15: Cruising Tuesday, April 16: Basseterre, St. Kitts, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, 7 a.m. - 4p.m. Thursday, April 18: Cruising Friday, April 19: Nassau, Bahamas, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20: Arrive Miami, 6 a.m. To make a reservation call 800-465-3595 and reference: MS Focus Group #8705413. For more information call MS Focus at 800-225-6495 or email Cruise@msfocus.org In order to participate in the MS Focus programs aboard ship, your cruise must be booked with the MS Focus group number.