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Foot Drop Recovery
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
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
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
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
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
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
Drop foot is caused by the malfunction of the anterior group muscles in the lower leg.:
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
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
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
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
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
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
The following cause or are associated with Foot drop:: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Primary lateral sclerosis.Get a more detailed answer ›
The drug and foot drop probably not associated
consult your physician. ...Read more
I don't know: The regulations but would imagine it would be very hard. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Not a good idea: I would imagine you would need a brace...And your stride would be very uneven. ...Read more
Yes: Since there is lack of muscle strength the fluid is not pushed out of the tissue or blood vessels properly. ...Read more
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