A 34-year-old female asked:
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have drop foot (b12 deficiency post gastrectomy)& was told nerves regenerate @ .1/month, can i do anything to speed this up? vitamins?exercise? rx?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Foot drop: Not sure if the foot drop is entirely related to B12 deficiency. Make sure there is no Folic Acid deficiency on top of it. You're already getting B12 vitamin. All b group vitamins are good for nerve function. I would refer you to physical therapy to help restore foot function.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
34 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
See a Physiatrist for your foot drop. Protecting the foot and nerves will increase your chances of recovery with physical therapy. Also get your vitamin D checked, it can cause weakness and falls.
Aug 31, 2013
Dr. David Hardin
35 years experience Wound care
No known way: Nerve cell growth is dependent on 'axonal transport' proteins and necessary nutrients have to flow along the length of the nerve cell to regenerate some of the far end. In a long legged 6' man these nerves can be 4' long from spine to foot that's a long way without anything to pump it along. Nothing is known to speed this up.
Answered on Aug 31, 2013
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