Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
CIDP is a disease that causes inflammation of the peripheral nerves. (These are the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord). This can result in a loss of strength and sensation. Several nerves are involved and it normally affects both sides of the body in a similar way. Symptoms can cause difficulty walking or using a hand properly. Physiotherapy can help maximize the efficiency of muscles that have retained a nerve supply. It can also help maintain flexibility and ensure that you reach your maximum potential. If weakness does persist it is commonly around the ankles. A dynamic Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO) can provide stability but also allow flexibility for the younger, more active patient.
For more information see:
GBS /CIDP Foundation International www.gbs-cidp.org