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Foot Drop

Foot drop (or drop foot) describes a condition in which you are unable to lift the front part of your foot, which causes the toes to drag on the ground. 

Symptoms of Foot Drop

  • Change in gait--to avoid dragging your toes on the ground, you may find yourself lifting your legs higher or extending them in a wide arc
  • Inability to lift the front part of your foot
  • Numbness in the affected foot or in its ankle
  • To test yourself, if you are unable to walk only on the heels of your feet, you may have foot drop

Causes of Foot Drop

  • Adverse reactions to drugs, including alcohol
  • Muscle disorders such as Lou Gehrig's disease or muscular dystrophy
  • Neurological disorders such cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, or stroke
  • Nerve damage due to childbirth, diabetes, hip or knee replacement surgery, spending lots of time sitting cross-legged or squatting, or sports injuries

Treatments for Foot Drop

  • Custom-made orthotics--NOPA offers more than 150 unique possibilities
  • Lightweight braces
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery
  • Using foot lifters, devices that help lift your feet without further damaging muscles or aggravating nerves
  • Using foot positioners or foot elevators, which help keep your feet stable

 

For more information on foot drop therapy, call New Orleans Podiatry Associates in New Orleans, LA, at (504) 897-3627. For the Metairie, LA, location, call (504) 457-2300.

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