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Treatment For Drop Foot
ESI or AFO can help.: Many factors can contribute in drop foot. It is a condition that affects the peripheral nerves a back injury resulting in compression of a nerve can result in drop foot. Epidural steroid injections can decrease the inflammation around the nerve, thereby alleviating the resultant drop foot. If permanent nerve damage has occurred, an ankle foot orthosis (afo) is helping to aid in ambulation. ...Read more
Depends: On why you got it. In some cases if you relieve the pressure on a compressed nerve that caused it then you can regain all motion, it could be secondary to a stroke, or other injury so obviously you would try and reverse the effect if possible but it is not always possible. Aggressive physical therapy is important as you might try and retrain as much as you can, other options include a brace. ...Read more
An AFO is a start: Depending on what caused your foot drop you at the very least will need an AFO brace to help with your foot and leg. If your foot drop is related to an injury then you made need to see a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon which specializes in peripheral nerve surgery. You can go to www. Aens. Us to find a surgeon in your area. ...Read more
Drop Foot: Depending on the cause of drop foot you may have some strength come back. If it is due to severe nerve damage, it is unlikely to improve, however. You should visit with a neurologist to assess the nerves and then with a podiatrist to fabricate an ankle-foot orthotic to support the weakened foot. ...Read more
Had emg done for drop foot, doc said nerves firing but still see alittle damage, will therapy heal this? How long?
Foot drop: Depends on the extent of the injury, location of the injury, and time since nerve injury. Little short on the details to give a good answer. ...Read more
How much therapy is needed for perenoal nerve damage from drop foot? Its already been 1yr. Thebproblem is lateral movement.
Need EMG: You need an EMG and ncs. If you are having a problem with lateral movement more than dorsiflexion (pointing your foot up), the you may have more selective damage to the superficial branch of the peroneal nerve and not the common peroneal or deep branch. An experience electromyographer should be able to identify, localize, qualify and determine the extent of your possible nerveperoneal injury. ...Read more
I recently am experiencing drop foot. I shattered my foot 10 months ago in car accident. Is there a cure? Is it possible it will correct itself?
Residual affects: Drop foot is a result of nerve or muscle weakening or possibly both. Your previous mva caused significant damage to the foot and you could be experiencing residual affects from this trauma. Physical therapy could be helpful but also recommend nerve testing. Symptoms could improve. Follow up with surgeon and inquire about an Ankle foot orthosis. This device could provide increased activity. ...Read more
Brace or surgery: The main treatment options for permanent drop foot include having a custom AFO (fancy ankle brace) made to keep your foot at 90 degrees to give you stability as well as prevent tripping/falling. The other option is surgical correction would could involve tendon transfers or fusion of the ankle joint. ...Read more
Recovery depends on a number of factors. One is what cuased the dropfoot. Another is how long ago it started. There are other things that facotr into it.
I suggest seeing an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon. One in your area can be found at www. Aofas. Org. ...Read more
See a doctor: You may need a brace. Aggressive physical therapy may help. Why did it happen? Sometimes as a result of pressure on a nerve, if this is the cause, it is possible if the pressure is removed you may regain function. If it is a result of a stroke, this is something that will be much harder to treat and most cases end up with a brace. ...Read more
Yes!: You must have vasculitis on going supplying blood the the nerve (vasa vasorum). The are several nerves in the lower extremity that can be compromised in cause foot drop. Very rare, however. Clearly the most common cause of foot drop is peroneal palsy or an s1 back, nerve foot compression. ...Read more
Deep peroneal: Isolated drop foot is due to deep peroneal (aka fibular) nerve injury on lateral side of the knee or below; if there is also difficulty turning the foot in, the common peroneal nerve may be involved (lateral side of the knee or a little above).+loss of leg/foot sensation also. It may also be due to L5 nerve root injury in the lower back from degenerative disc disease/disc bulging at the l4-5 level. ...Read more
Foot drop: A boot can be helpful otherwise a tennis shoe or dress shoe that can accommodate an ankle foot orthosis (afo), assist in normalizing gait by helping to eliminate high stoppage gait or circumduction of the "relatively" long leg and help prevent you catching your toes or forefoot as you advance your leg while walking. ...Read more
Occupational therapy: What you need to do is have a professional give you instructions. I believe this would fall under the field of occupational therapy. Talk to your podiatrist, orthopedist or primary care doctor about referring you to an occupational therapist. If you wear a brace to help you walk, you may want to discuss this with the specialist who dispensed the brace. ...Read more
Can you recommend any exercise (swimming, biking, clearly not running) that would be good for drop foot?
Drop Foot Exercise: Drop foot is caused by a neurological injury to the nerves that innervate the muscles in front of your shin. Since that injury may not be complete damage, doing exercises that consistently stress the shin muscles is recommended (build whatever muscle you can). Swimming, biking with stirrups, elliptical, slow walking (with a AFO brace), yoga, and pilates are common recommendations done without limp. ...Read more
I hear you can get drop foot from a gastrectomy. I had a billroth 2 partial gastrectomy, could it have caused my drop foot?
No: Dropped foot has no relate to stomach surgery. They are mutually exclusive events. Presuming you have no obvious cause of drop foot (no old trauma to the upper leg, etc), I recommend you see your primary physician who, after a workup, may send you to a specialist like an neurologist, orthopedist or podiatrist. Foot drop has many causes; stomach surgery is not one of them. ...Read more
Abt 2 weeks ago I developed severe drop foot (0/5). W/in 1 wk of starting b12, it improved to a 1/5 and is now abt 2. Is biking (street) safe?
Unsafe: At 1/5 you are too unstable fot his activity. Wait until minimum of 3-4/5. ...Read more
Got drop foot 3 weeks ago, 1 wk ago started massive B12 doses. Now I can lift it enough to walk almost normally -- could it be the b12? (also lots of pt)
B-12 neuropathy: I would give more credit to the physical therapy in this case. B-12 deficiencies, when severe, can cause peripheral neuropathy. Despite this, to develop a severe enough problem to cause the loss of motor nerve function that would cause a foot drop would take a long time, and would be preceded by numerous other symptoms. Additionally, a vitamin deficiency would likely affect both legs/feet. ...Read more
Weakness located in the anterior leg muscles cause drop foot. Usually due to damage to the common fibular nerve or sciatic nerve, can also be caused by metabolic disorders, stroke, or hereditary neuromuscular disorders. There is a characteristic gait pattern noted with this disorder. ...Read more