Living with Muscular Dystrophy: Symptoms, Treatment & Products

October 25, 2018

Living with Muscular Dystrophy: Symptoms, Treatment & Products

Muscular dystrophy (MD) refers to a group of inherited genetic conditions that cause progressive weakness, deficiencies in muscle proteins, and loss of muscle mass. There are many different kinds of MD, which, depending on the type and the severity of the condition, can affect all or only select muscles of the body.

There’s currently no cure for MD, but certain treatments, therapies, and physical support can improve symptoms and slow the progression – read on to find out what they are.



When it comes to MD, early diagnosis is key. The primary sign of MD is progressive muscle weakness; specific signs and symptoms can begin at different ages and in different muscle groups. Below are some of the common early symptoms to help you spot MD in its early stages:

  • A waddling gait
  • Pain and stiffness in the muscles
  • Difficulty with running and jumping
  • Walking on your toes
  • Difficulty sitting up or standing
  • Frequent falls

If left untreated, the following may become more likely as the condition worsens:

  • Inability to walk
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Shortening of muscles and tendons
  • Breathing problems
  • Weakening heart muscles – leading to cardiac problems



Whilst there is no cure for MD, treatment options like medications, physical and occupational therapy, and surgical and other procedures can help prevent or reduce problems in the joints and spine; as well as slow the progression of the condition, allowing the patient to remain mobile for as long as possible.

Treatment options include: 

  • Corticosteroid drugs
  • Assisted ventilation
  • Medication for heart problems

You may even require surgery to help correct the shortening of your muscles, to repair cataractstreat scoliosis, or to treat cardiac problems. In terms of therapy, you can strengthen your muscles and maintain your range of motion through physical therapy – whilst occupational therapy can help you...

  • Become more independent
  • Improve your social skills
  • Gain access to community services

In many cases, medical assistance can improve the quality and length of life in individuals who suffer from MD.



With BeneCare Direct, you can find a selection of foot-care products that can help you if you are affected by muscular dystrophy or are experiencing issues with mobility, movement, and balance.


If you’ve been diagnosed with MD, your healthcare team can help you determine the devices that are best for you – you may need ankle braces to help keep muscles and tendons stretched and flexible, and slow the progression of contractures. Braces can also aid mobility and function by providing support for weakened muscles, enabling you to walk independently.


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