Users' questions

Can foot drop be corrected?

Can foot drop be corrected?

If the cause can’t be treated, foot drop can be permanent. Treatment for foot drop might include: Braces or splints. A brace on your ankle and foot or splint that fits into your shoe can help hold your foot in a normal position.

What does it mean when you drop your foot?

Foot drop. Foot drop is a muscular weakness or paralysis that makes it difficult to lift the front part of your foot and toes. It’s also sometimes called drop foot. It can cause you to drag your foot on the ground when you walk.

What can a doctor do for a drop foot?

Your doctor might fit you with a device that uses electricity to stimulate the weak nerve and improve its function while you’re walking.

What are some examples of Foot drop disease?

The peroneal nerve controls the muscles that lift your foot. This nerve runs near the surface of your skin on the side of your knee closest to your hand. Activities that compress this nerve can increase your risk of foot drop. Examples include: Crossing your legs.

What causes unilateral foot drop in the foot?

Spontaneous unilateral foot drop usually has a peripheral cause. The lesion can be in the L5 nerve root, sciatic nerve, common peroneal nerve, deep peroneal nerve, or superficial peroneal nerve (figure⇓). Sites of pathology of the lower extremity that can lead to foot drop.

What is foot drop and what can you do?

Foot drop is a condition in which you cannot raise the front part of one or both feet. It is a symptom of an underlying problem, such as muscular sclerosis or stroke. Foot drop is treated with exercises, electrical nerve stimulation, or surgery.

What causes right foot drop?

Most commonly, foot drop is caused by an injury to the peroneal nerve. The peroneal nerve is a branch of the sciatic nerve that wraps from the back of the knee to the front of the shin. Because it sits very close to the surface, it may be damaged easily.

How do you repair foot drop?

One way to repair foot drop is with a surgery called a tendon transfer. During a tendon transfer for foot drop, a working tendon in the leg is moved and attached to other areas in the leg that make dorsiflexion possible.

What is the prognosis for foot drop?

The prognosis for foot drop depends on the cause. Foot drop caused by trauma or nerve damage usually shows partial or even complete recovery. For progressive neurological disorders, foot drop acts as a symptom that is likely to continue as a lifelong disability, but it will not shorten life expectancy.