Drop foot, also known as foot drop, is a medical condition characterized by the inability to lift the front part of the foot and toes properly. This results in the toes dragging along the ground when walking, which can lead to an abnormal gait and an increased risk of tripping and falling.
Drop foot can have various causes, including:
Nerve Damage: The most common cause of drop foot is nerve damage, often due to compression or injury of the peroneal nerve, which controls the muscles responsible for lifting the foot. Conditions such as herniated discs, trauma, and diabetes can lead to nerve damage.
Muscle Weakness: Certain muscular disorders or injuries can result in weakness of the muscles that lift the foot.
Brain or Spinal Cord Disorders: Conditions like multiple sclerosis, stroke, or spinal cord injuries can affect the nerves that control foot movement.
Infections: In rare cases, infections such as Lyme disease can lead to drop foot.
Medications: Some medications, particularly those used in chemotherapy or to treat infections, can cause peripheral neuropathy, leading to drop foot.
Treatment for drop foot depends on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. It may include:
Physical Therapy: Exercises and physical therapy can help improve muscle strength and coordination.
Braces or Splints: Ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) are often prescribed to provide support and help lift the foot when walking.
Nerve Stimulation: Electrical stimulation therapy may be used to help activate and strengthen the affected muscles.
Medications: In some cases, medications may be prescribed to manage pain or address underlying conditions like nerve inflammation.
Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the underlying issue, such as decompressing a pinched nerve or repairing damaged tendons or muscles.
The Physisicians at Kyrou Podiatry Associates are experts at assesing Drop Foot and treating it with state of the art treatments. These include;
1. Bioness L300 Foot Drop System.
2. Stimrouter peripheral nerve stimulator.
The treatment approach will be tailored to the individual's specific condition and needs. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of drop foot, it's essential to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment options. Early intervention can help improve mobility and reduce the risk of complications associated with the condition.
Call Kyrou Podiatry Associates for an evaluation today
(845) 231-0310 ext. 4101