Foot Drop

When problems in the nerves of the feet develop it may be necessary to seek appropriate treatment for the condition. Among the possible problems that may develop is foot drop. Several situations may result in damage to the foot, but there are available treatments for this condition.

What is Foot Drop?

Before it is possible to treat any condition, it is important to identify the problem and provide an accurate diagnosis. Foot drop refers to any inability to move the ankle or foot in an upward motion. In many cases, it is caused by damage to the peroneal nerve, but it can also result from muscle weakness or conditions in the feet and legs. In some cases, problems with the nerves and muscles are both present when the condition develops.

The result of the condition is an abnormal walk. Individuals who develop foot drop will not be able to walk with a straight gait.

Causes of the Problem

The causes of foot drop vary. In most cases, the nerve is not properly transmitting the signal to move the ankle or heel, so the gait becomes abnormal. Medical conditions, such as a stroke or brain tumor, can also cause an abnormal gait. Genetics can also play a role in the development of a foot drop.

The causes are variable because several different situations can damage the signals to the feet.

Treatment Options

Treating foot drop depends on the cause of the condition. Since it can relate to a physical accident, damage to the muscles or problems with the nerve, the only way to treat the abnormal gait is by identifying the underlying cause of the problem.

An abnormal gait is not uncommon after an accident or major brain trauma. Fortunately, it is possible to treat the situation as long as the underlying cause of the problem is corrected. We can create an appropriate treatment plan based on the individual situation feel free to contact us.