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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

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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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 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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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 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 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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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 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

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Can people recieve disability for foot drop?

Can people recieve disability for foot drop?

No: A foot drop can be compensated for by an orthotic device. It may not even be a medically definable impairment, and if it were, it would probably be rated non-severe. ...Read more

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What can lead to, or is associated with Foot drop?

What can lead to, or is associated with Foot drop?

The following cause or are associated with Foot drop:: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Primary lateral sclerosis.

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Degernative disk disease and foot drop, what to do?

Degernative disk disease and foot drop, what to do?

Foot drop: This needs attention as there is a nerve being compressed as already stated. See your orthopedist or neurologist for help ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: foot drop?

What is the definition or description of: foot drop?

See below: It is a condition where the nerve and muscle are injured and will not allow control of the foot to be a smooth motion when walking but instead allows the foot to slap down or drop when walking. ...Read more

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Started new pill for mood. Foot drop. Will the nerve recover?

Started new pill for mood. Foot drop. Will the nerve recover?

Not associated: The drug and foot drop probably not associated
consult your physician. ...Read more

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What happens if I have a foot drop can I get in the military?

What happens if I have a foot drop can I get in the military?

I don't know: The regulations but would imagine it would be very hard. ...Read more

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Is the severity of foot drop linked to how likely it will be to cure it?

Is the severity of foot drop linked to how likely it will be to cure it?

Yes: If really severe from nerve trauma some cannot reain the use. An AFO brace may be your answer. ...Read more

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Can apinched nerve in lumbar4 cause foot drop? If yes, what can be done?

Can apinched nerve in lumbar4 cause foot drop? If yes, what can be done?

Foot drop: Foot drop is usually caused by pressure on Lumbar Nerve 5, but 5 percent of people have a shift up or down in which level of the spine affects which nerve. Pressure on the peroneal nerve usually near the knee can cause this as well. If not properly diagnosed or treated the weakness can be permanent and require bracing. If it is from the spine therapy and injections can often work without surgery ...Read more

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I have a foot drop for quiet sometime now and its getting worse day by day. How this can be treated?

I have a foot drop for quiet sometime now and its getting worse day by day. How this can be treated?

Get evaluation: There are many causes of foot drop- it is important that you are evaluated as soon as possible to determine the cause. Permanent damage to a nerve can occur if it is not taken care of. If you are left with foot drop, there are a variety of braces that can get you back to high level function. A physiatrist can prescribe one for you. ...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?

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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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)?

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

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