Forward movement requires coordination between several large muscle groups, all under voluntary nerve control. But if nerves are damaged or muscles are weak, walking becomes much more difficult. In the case of drop foot, the foot may be dragged or other exaggerated movements (lifting the knee or moving the leg in a wide arc) are necessary to mimic normal foot movement during the gait cycle.
Causes of Drop Foot
People with drop foot have difficulty lifting the front part of their foot. Lack of control is usually the result of:
Nerve injury or damage
Nerve damage may occur in the spine or at the knee where the peroneal nerve branches off from the sciatic nerve. Crossing the legs, kneeling or squatting can damage the peroneal nerve, but damage may also occur during hip or knee replacement surgery or as a result of diabetic neuropathy.
Nerve or muscle disorders
Muscular dystrophy and diseases like polio or Charcot-Marie Tooth disease may weaken muscles or interfere with nerve function.
Brain or spinal cord injury or disorder
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis (MS) or stroke may also impair neuromuscular function.
Depending on the cause, drop foot may be temporary or permanent.
Drop Foot Treatment
Doctors most commonly treat drop foot by prescribing custom braces (ankle-foot orthotics) that keep the front of the foot from dropping when the leg lifts. Strengthening and stretching exercises can help preserve full range of motion and prevent injury caused by compensatory movements. Exercises are particularly helpful in cases where normal neuromuscular function is expected to return.
Surgery that fuses the ankle and foot may be considered if no other treatment method improves mobility.
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