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What is Foot Drop?
Foot drop is a common condition that refers to difficulty or inability to lift the front part of the foot. This causes people with foot drop to frequently drag their forefoot while walking. This condition can affect one leg or both, depending on the cause. Foot drop is not a disease, but rather a sign or symptom of a nervous breakdown, anatomical problem, or muscle problem.
Foot drop is not a disease. However, foot drop is a sign of nerve, muscle, or anatomical problems.
Foot Drop Symptoms
Symptoms of foot drop can occur in one or both legs. People who have foot drop may experience the following symptoms:
—> Difficulty lifting the front leg, so that when walking appears to be dragging the front leg.
–> A steppage gait appears, which is to lift the upper leg higher, as if climbing a ladder to help the front leg lift.
–> There is a feeling of numbness or numbness in the skin around the feet or thumbs due to repeated steppage gait, which presses the skin in the area.
Foot Drop Causes
Foot drop is caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles involved or responsible for lifting the forefoot. This muscle weakness and paralysis can be caused by several conditions, such as:
Nerve damage, especially peroneus nerve compression in the leg to control the movement of the muscles in lifting the leg. Peroneus nerve damage can also arise from injuries during sports, childbirth, wearing a cast, knee or hip replacement surgery. In addition to the peroneus nerve, pinched spinal nerves can cause foot drop. Likewise in patients with diabetes who are prone to neurological disorders.
Disorders of the muscles and nerves such as muscular dystrophy, which is a hereditary disease, polio disease, or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
Brain and spinal cord disorders such as amytotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or stroke
Apart from the causes above, there are several risk factors that can cause foot drop. This is related to activities or habits that increase the risk of compression or damage to the peroneus nerves in the feet, such as: Cross legs, Long squats, Apply a cast on the leg
Foot Drop Diagnosis
Foot drop can generally be detected through a physical examination. The doctor will instruct you to walk and evaluate the gait. In addition, the doctor will also perform a physical examination to evaluate the possibility of muscle weakness and numbness in the foot and thumb area. Several investigations can be done to find the cause of foot drop, such as:
Radiological examinations such as x-rays, ultrasounds, CT-scans, and MRI to look for possible soft tissue growths or lesions on the bones, looking for cysts or tumors that can press on nerves and can cause foot drop.
Nerve examinations such as electriomyography (EMG) and nerve conduction study (NCS) to evaluate nerve and muscle activity. This examination can help doctors find the location of nerve damage.
Foot Drop Treatments
According to our Spine specialist, foot drop treatments depends on the underlying symptoms. If the disease that causes foot drop is successfully treated, the symptoms of foot drop may decrease or disappear on their own. However, if the cause is permanent, foot drop cannot be treated. Here are some treatment options that can be given to people with foot drop:
—-> Use of braces and splints to maintain normal leg posture
—-> Physical rehabilitation therapy such as exercises to increase leg muscle strength, to maintain range of motion of the knees and ankles, and stretching exercises to reduce muscle tightness in the heel area
—-> Nerve stimulation
—-> Nerve or bone surgery to decompress a compressed nerve, or to cause a permanent foot drop, or transfer of the tendon from the stronger leg muscle to the muscle that must pull the ankle up