What You Need To Know About Drop Foot – Causes, Symptoms, Treatments

Drop Foot: Causes, Treatments, and More

– Causes

  • Nerve injury- The most well-known reason for foot drop is pressure of a nerve in your leg that controls the muscles engaged with lifting the foot (peroneal nerve). This nerve can be injured in some medical procedures or by trauma from an accident.
  • Muscle or nerve disorders- Several types of acquired illness that causes muscle shortcoming, can add to foot drop e.g. Polio or Charcot-Marie-Tooth infection.
  • Brain and spinal cord disorders- Problems that influence the spinal cord or cerebrum, for example, amyotrophic sidelong sclerosis (ALS), numerous sclerosis or stroke may cause foot drop.

– Symptoms

  • Numbness can cause loss of sensation on the front or outer side of the lower leg.
  • Inability to hold footwear and dragging of the affected foot while walking.

– Treatments

  • Braces or splints that can help hold your foot in a normal position
  • Physical therapy can help strengthen your leg muscles and help maintain range of motion in your knee and ankle
  • Nerve stimulation can improve the foot drop by stimulating the nerve that lifts the foot

Need to Know: What Is Foot Drop and What Can I Do About It?

Foot drop is a solid shortcoming or loss of motion that makes it hard to lift the foot or toes up (dorsiflexion). It is additionally an indication of a hidden issue as opposed to a condition itself. The most widely recognized treatment is to help the foot with lightweight leg supports called Ankle Foot Orthosis’ (AFO’s).

  • What is sciatic nerve pain?

Sciatic nerve branches from your lower back through your hips and posterior and down every leg. For the most part, sciatic influences one side of your body

  • Can foot drop be temporary?

Foot drop can be impermanent now and again, yet it very well may be permanent.

  • Common Causes of Foot Drop

Neurological Causes of Foot Drop

Nerves in the lower back and/or leg may be pinched or may get damaged and degenerated, causing foot drop.

Muscular Causes of Foot Drop

Muscular disorders or conditions that lead to progressive muscular weakness such as myotonic dystrophy may cause foot drop.

  • Exercises for Foot Drop: Get Back on Your Feet

–  Towel stretch-sit on the floor with the two legs straight out before you. Circle a towel around the affected foot and clutch the finish with your hands. Pull towards your body and hold it for 30 seconds. Then, at that point, unwind for 30 seconds.

– marble pickup-sit in the seat with the two feet level on the floor. Spot 20 marbles and a bowl on the floor before you. Utilize the toe that is influenced, get each marble and spot it on the bowl.

  • Drop Foot (Foot Drop) and Steppage Gait (Footdrop Gait)

Drop foot portrays an unusual neuromuscular problem that influences the patient’s capacity to raise their foot at the lower leg. Patients with foot drop, as a rule, show an overstated or high-venturing walk called Steppage stride or Foot Drop walk.

  • How to get rid of sciatica?

–  Sitting pigeon pose

  • Sit on the floor with your legs loosened up straight before you.
  • Curve your right leg, putting your right lower leg on top of the left knee.
  • Slenderness advances and permits your chest area to reach toward your thigh.
  • Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. This stretches the glutes and brings them down. Same on the opposite side.

– Sitting Spinal Stretch

  •    Sit on the ground with your legs broadened straight out with your feet flexed vertically.
  • Curve your right knee and spot your foot level on the floor outwardly of your opposite knee.
  • Spot your left elbow outwardly of your right knee to assist you with turning your body toward the right.
  • Hold for 30 seconds and rehash multiple times, then, at that point switch sides.

At our Burlington foot clinic, we understand just how difficult it can be to live with Drop Foot. If you’re suffering from this condition, or any other foot/ankle pain, our clinicians can help you get back to comfortable and happy living. To find out more, call us at 289-245-6624.

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