Instrumentally-assessed gait quality is linked to self-reported walking ability in early-stage multiple sclerosis

Takeaway

  • People with multiple sclerosis and good mobility report daily-life walking limitations related to fatigue, impaired balance, and poor gait quality.

Why this matters

    People with multiple sclerosis often report limited walking ability despite the gold-standard Expanded Disability Status Scale indicating normal walking autonomy. These important findings suggest that instrumentally-assessed gait quality aspects may be sensitive enough biomarkers to detect subtle impairments even in the earliest stages of the multiple sclerosis.