What is Foot Drop?
The Orthotists at the Ledbrook Clinic are specialists in foot drop treatment and management. The condition, which causes reduced mobility, can be a result of a traumatic local or central nervous system injury, a degenerative disease such as multiple sclerosis or central nervous system assault, such as a stroke or cerebral vascular accident (CVA).
These and other similar neuromuscular diseases can result in massive reductions in mobility, which can happen suddenly or become apparent over time. One of the most disabling components of reduction in mobility is a foot drop. This may be flaccid (floppy) or spastic (tight) and can occur on one or both sides.
Foot drop (also known as drop foot) is a general term for difficulty lifting the front part of the foot. As drop foot is caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles involved in lifting the front part of the foot, patients suffering with a drop foot may drag the front of their foot on the ground when walking.
People suffering with drop foot usually have underlying neurological, muscular or anatomical problem and may need to wear a brace on there ankle and foot to hold your their in a normal position.
Common Causes of Foot Drop
- Nerve injury – the most common cause of drop foot is compression of the nerve that controls the muscles involved in lifting the foot. This can happen at the knee or in the lower spine. The nerve can also be injured during hip or knee replacement surgery. Long-term nerve damage associated with diabetes can also cause drop foot.
- Muscle or nerve disorders – various forms of muscular dystrophy, an inherited disease that causes progressive muscle weakness, may contribute to drop foot. Other disorders, such as polio or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, also can cause drop foot.
- Brain and spinal cord disorders – disorders that affect the spinal cord or brain, such as multiple sclerosis or stroke may cause drop foot.
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