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In foot drop recovery, it is normal for it to not be totally linear, ie. Some improvement, back track, more improvement...?

In foot drop recovery, it is normal for it to not be totally linear, ie. Some improvement, back track, more improvement...?

Foot drop: Foot drop can be temporary it can be permanent and it could be somewhere in between the two. Severity of the condition can depend on what causes the footdrop. If there is a lesion on the spine may be permanent. If there is a genetic condition depending upon how severe it could be permanent. If it comes from an injury such as compartment syndrome then it could be temporary. Physical therapy could help check with your neurologist or podiatrist.

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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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Have foot drop that seems to be getting better but lifting my foot takes a lot of concentration, is that the normal way recovery from this goes?

Have foot drop that seems to be getting better but lifting my foot takes a lot of concentration, is that the normal way recovery from this goes?

Variable: The cause of the foot drop often dictates the length of recovery. Injury to nerve roots during back surgery probably takes longer than pressure on the perineal nerve (which serves the muscle that brings the foot upwards) with a tight dressing. Continued physical therapy will help with your recovery.

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I have foot drop (not ms), it seems to get better, then worse, then better, is that the normal recovery? (b 12 deficiency/neuropathy)

I have foot drop (not ms), it seems to get better, then worse, then better, is that the normal recovery? (b 12 deficiency/neuropathy)

Unpredictable: Neuropathy presenting itself like that tends to go either way -- good days that seem to be improving and then a slump. Finding the cause of the dropfoot is important - is it nerve compression, nerve damage, etc. It is unpredictable and difficult to treat. Protecting yourself for if the foot fails (drops) with some form of afo may be needed. Something to consider.

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Pernicious anemia & foot drop:am taking sublingual methylcobalamin, it's improving a bit (have some mobility), how long will recovery take?

Neuropathy: Sounds like you may be suffering from a peripheral neuropathy caused by B12 deficiency. This tends to effect the longest nerves therefore the end of legs and arms. If it causes problems with the wires (axons) it can take 6-24 months to recovery if it can recover at all. May be some residual weakness even after maximal improvement.

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Have metabolic induced foot drop (b12 deficiency, from a partial gastrectomy), ideas about recovery time? (b12 is helping, also w sleep & appetite.)

Have metabolic induced foot drop (b12 deficiency, from a partial gastrectomy), ideas about recovery time? (b12 is helping, also w sleep & appetite.)

Peripheral Neuropath: You likely have peripheral neuropathy caused by B12 deficiency. This causes death to the axon fibers of the nerve and this can be a long recovery process. It can take up to 24 months for recovery but unfortunately it may not fully recover depending on the extent of initial nerve damage.

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I have foot drop (pernicious anemia) and after a lot of b12& pt, mobility is getting better but it's still numb, is that normally how recovery goes?

Foot drop: Foot drop from nutritional deficit can be caused from an effect on the nerves from your back, the sciatic nerve from your buttock, or the peroneal nerve from the side of your knee. Recovery from nutritional replacement is predicated on extend of original injury i.e. Insulation on nerves or nerves themselves sounds like you are recovering as expected.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is there any solution for foot drop?

Foot drop help: There are wonderful carbon fiber shoe inserts that have a single strut that winds around up to your calf and really help pick your toes up. If you have charcot marie tooth, then this brace may be something you will need in increasing frequency in the future. Surgical tendon transfers to hold the foot up generally work well once healed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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