Foot Drop

Other Nerve Surgery – Foot Drop Treatment, Prostate Reconstruction, Neuropathy Treatment and More

At The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, we offer a full range of nerve surgery for the whole body. Many of the state-of-the-art procedures we perform are only available at a small number of locations in the world. Our physicians are leaders and innovators in the field of nerve surgery.

What is Foot Drop Treatment?

If you find that you are unable to lift the front of your foot, and that you are either dragging the toe of your shoe or walking only on your heel, you are experiencing a condition known as foot drop. Treatment can greatly improve your ability to move your foot and therefore to walk normally.

What are the Causes of Foot Drop?

There are a number of different factors that can cause foot drop. Many of these result from problems with the nerves that control movement of the foot. These nerves can become compressed where they leave the spinal cord because a lumbar disk has slipped, or they can be injured as a part of a leg injury that affects the area of the calf bone. Foot drop can also be caused by nervous system disorders, such as diabetic neuropathy, some muscle disorders, genetic disorders, and, in rare cases, a tumor or stroke in the brain’s frontal lobe.

What are the Methods of Foot Drop Treatment?

Just as foot drop can have many causes, foot drop treatment can take many forms. If, for instance, patients are experiencing foot drop as a result of nerve problems, their foot drop treatment would likely take the form of surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve. If that type of surgery is not possible, nerve reconstruction, tendon transfer or alternative methods of reconstruction may be necessary to help return function. Many patients who have had foot drop and have worn an AFO (ankle foot orthosis) splint for years may be helped.

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Contact the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction for more information about foot drop treatment options.

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