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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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 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?

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

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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

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