Brain injury from stroke sometimes causes muscles to involuntarily contract (shorten or flex) when you try to move your limb, creating stiffness and tightness.
About 40 percent of stroke survivors have serious falls within a year of their stroke.
Claw toe, and a similar condition called “hammertoe,” are caused by an imbalance of muscles in the feet and toes. Brain injury during a stroke leaves survivors prone to neuromuscular imbalances.
When the Pain Never Goes Away
It’s impossible for someone else to truly comprehend the experience of someone with central pain syndrome (also known as thalamic pain). Most of us simply don’t have a context from which to imagine central pain.