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I have foot drop will driving a commercial truck make my foot drop more?

I have foot drop will driving a commercial truck make my foot drop more?

No. It should not.: Foot drop is caused by a peroneal nerve injury. Driving a commercial truck should not make the foot drop worse unless it originates from the lower back. It may be difficult to drive with a foot drop injury. Please followup with your primary doctor if you have worsening symptoms. ...Read more

Footdrop (Definition)

Foot drop usually refers to the inability to dorsiflex the foot (ie lift your ankle up) this can be associated with a variety of conditions. The most common are dorsiflexor injuries, peripheral nerve injuries, and stroke. Less common causes are neuropathies, ...Read more


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Is foot drop an emergency?

Is foot drop an emergency?

It can be.: Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Surgical intervention may be of benefit in cases of spinal disc herniation. In case of trauma, others may need repair or grafting of the nerve. For some the walkaide system, which is a functional electrical stimulation device, can be helpful. Others may benefit with a drop foot brace. Get evaluated and get the proper referrals. ...Read more

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What are the tests for Foot drop?

What are the tests for Foot drop?

Initial steps: Would consider MRI of lumbar spines to R/O disc compression of L-5 nerve root, EMG to distinguish compression of sciatic or peroneal nerves, and based upon results perhaps series of blood studies looking for causation. However, involvement of spinal cord or brain, for example Multiple Sclerosis, could also present this way, and MRI imaging would guide the way. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Foot drop?

What are the symptoms of Foot drop?

Tripping: Inability to move your foot upwards (dorsiflexion). Frequent tripping over the affected foot. ...Read more

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Is there any solution for foot drop?

Is there any solution for foot drop?

Many options.: Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Surgical intervention may be of benefit in cases of spinal disc herniation. In case of trauma, others may need repair or grafting of the nerve. For some the walkaide system, which is a functional electrical stimulation device, can be helpful. Others may benefit with a drop foot brace. Get evaluated and get the proper referrals. ...Read more

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What are the complications of Foot drop?

What are the complications of Foot drop?

Falling: Foot drop causes dragging of leg, and rather easy to trip and fall if gets caught. The patient is best advised to wear a supportive brace to keep foot elevated, but traditional cowboy boots can also help. ...Read more

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Can alcohol induced foot drop be cured?

Can alcohol induced foot drop be cured?

Foot drop: This is a qualified yes. Tests would need to be done to evaluate the extent of associated nerve damage and the like. Seeking counseling to stop drinking - best of luck ...Read more

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How can I tell when foot drop is healing?

When: It's easier to lift that foot or dorsiflextion it with control. ...Read more

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Is it safe to bike with foot drop (severe)?

Is it safe to bike with foot drop (severe)?

Biking with foot dro: With severe foot drop you may need some special attachment on the bike as well as some special instructions. You should discuss this with your doctor. There may be a sports medicine trainer or therapist who can assist you with this. You would definitely need to be evaluated and observed walking and riding on a stationary bike to evaluate your needs. Also, always wear a helmet when riding! ...Read more

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Is it possible to run with severe (0/5) foot drop?

Is it possible to run with severe (0/5) foot drop?

Not a good idea: I would imagine you would need a brace...And your stride would be very uneven. ...Read more

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I have foot drop is it normal for my foot to swell?

I have foot drop is it normal for my foot to swell?

Yes: Since there is lack of muscle strength the fluid is not pushed out of the tissue or blood vessels properly. ...Read more

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Can an electromyography detect the cause of foot drop?

Can an electromyography detect the cause of foot drop?

Surely: From your description, could be due to lumbar L-5 root compression, but your foot drop could even be due to peroneal nerve compression. EMG done in certified lab could certainly differentiate. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever experianced foot drop after vaginal hyst?

Has anyone ever experianced foot drop after vaginal hyst?

Possible: If after your hysterectomy, one of the nerves extending into your foot was either cut, or compressed with scar tissue, this would lead to a foot drop. See your gynecolist or neurosurgeon for this resolution. ...Read more

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Is there a level of foot drop where it is safe to wear heels?

Foot drop: Foot drop is associated with l5, sciatic, or peroneal nerve injuries. The muscles intreated by these are the stabilizers of your ankle. The most unstable position of the ankle is the place you put yourself into wearing a high heel. Absolutely not safe! ...Read more

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I have a foot drop that's why I can't walk properly what can I do?

I have a foot drop that's why I can't walk properly what can I do?

See Physician: Such s podiatrist or orthopedist. Neurologist may be helpful depending on cause. You proably need a ankle/foot orthotic or brace. ...Read more

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Ice for peroneal nerve problem causing foot drop? Would that help?

No, ice will not.: No, ice will not, probably help. Foot drop is caused by a serious injury to the common peroneal nerve, and/or entrapment of the nerve causing paralysis of the peroneal muscles. Seek medical help asap, you do not want this to become a permanent paralysis! ...Read more

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How do doctors determine a level of foot drop? When you are sitting? Standing?

How do doctors determine a level of foot drop? When you are sitting? Standing?

Foot Drop: Observing you walk (gait) and manual muscle testing to determine your strength. ...Read more

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If a B12 def can't cause foot drop, why does it help mine? (i keep reading it can)

EBM vs anecdotal: We try to practice evidence-based medicine whenever possible but sometimes we just don't have proof (and may never). For instance, we have no randomized double-blind placebo-controlled evidence that people w/parachute jumping from an airplane live more than those who jump w/o parachute. Yet, we always use parachutes! So if B12 helps you, and there's no downside, i'd say keep using it. ...Read more

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Foot drop shoes

Foot drop shoes

Foot Drop Shoes: The only shoe type I have ever found useless for some of my patients with drop foot is some stable heel. Since it is hard to lift your foot past ankle neutral, the heel makes it easier to move from heel lift to propulsion. For a guy, probably cowboy boots would be the best, or dansko clog type shoes. Dr rich blake. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for Foot drop?

What are the treatments for Foot drop?

A few: Treatment for foot drop can include bracing with an AFO. Other treatments include surgical options such as tendon transfers or an ankle fusion. ...Read more

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What is foot drop?

What is foot drop?

Forefront weakness: Foot drop is when one cannot lift the forefoot up, thus dragging the toes. It is caused by nerve injury, spinal cord or brain injury, and by muscle weakness or paralysis. Treatment is of the underlying disorder and by splinting and bracing. ...Read more

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What causes foot drop?

What causes foot drop?

Nerve damage: It is usually due to nerve damage....most commonly from a stroke or injury to the lower back. Nerves are what make your muscles work. ...Read more

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What causes Foot drop?

What causes Foot drop?

Drop foot is caused by the malfunction of the anterior group muscles in the lower leg.: Hello,

Drop foot is caused by the malfunction of the anterior group muscles in the lower leg. This can be due to but not limited to damage/weakness to the Common Fibular nerve and its branches, damage to the Sciatic nerve (higher up along the nerve chain). There can also be metabolic and genetic causes to it. One notes a characteristic gait pattern with this disorder. ...Read more

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How is foot drop treated?

How is foot drop treated?

Depends on cause: If there is an underlying cause, such as a pinched nerve in the back or at the knee, then it should be addressed. Once that is done, additional treatment is supportive, with physical therapy and bracing as necessary to preserve mobility and function. ...Read more

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Is foot drop permanent condition?

Is foot drop permanent condition?

Foot drop: It depends on what is causing the foot drop. But the most general answer, unfortunately, is yes it is permanent. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for Foot drop?

What are the risk factors for Foot drop?

Multiple: Multiple causes. More commonly, peripheral neuropathy (polyneuropathy), prolonged bedrest, severe lumbar radiculopathy (large lumbar disc), lower leg trauma, compartment syndrome to lower leg. Numerous other causes and associations (diabetes, alcoholism, knee injuries), lumbar stenosis. Stroke usually can cause a similar problem, but usually not foot drop, rather equinus tone resembling FD. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what is foot drop?

Can you please tell me what is foot drop?

Drop foot: The inability to properly lift the forefoot when walking causing abnormality in heel strike portion of gait. Most often caused by damage or disease to nerve damage or muscle weakness/damage. ...Read more

Foot Drop (Definition)

Foot drop is a condition when a nerve and muscle in the foot are injured, preventing a person from having normal upward flexion of the food, thus allowing the foot to drop or ...Read more