Foot Drop Physiotherapy Treatment
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What Is Foot Drop Injury?
Foot drop, sometimes called “drop foot,” is the inability to lift the front part of the foot. This causes the toes to drag along the ground while walking.
What Causes Foot Drop?
Foot drop is a symptom of an underlying problem, rather than a disease itself. It can be temporary or permanent. Causes of foot drop include:
- nerve injury
- brain or spinal disorders
- muscle disorders
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Foot Drop Injury Treatment
- Braces or splints, A brace on your ankle and foot or splint that fits into your shoe can help hold your foot in a normal position.
- Physical therapy, Exercises that strengthen your leg muscles and help you maintain the range of motion in your knee and ankle may improve gait problems associated with foot drop. Stretching exercises are particularly important to prevent the development of stiffness in the heel.
- Nerve stimulation, Sometimes stimulating the nerve that lifts the foot improves foot drop.
- Surgery, Depending on the cause, and if your foot drop is relatively new, nerve surgery may be helpful. If foot drop is long-standing, your doctor may suggest surgery that fuses ankle or foot bones or a procedure that transfers a functioning tendon to a different position.