Drop foot is a frustrating condition that can make it difficult to walk. This article focuses entirely on drop foot – what causes the condition, as well as the available treatment options.
What is Drop Foot?
Drop foot is a condition in which the patient is unable to fully lift their foot, often causing the foot to drag as the patient walks. This condition can be caused by a variety of issues, including:
- Nerve Damage. If you find it difficult to lift the front of your foot, in addition to numbness on the top of the foot, you may have damaged your peroneal nerve.
- Muscle Disorders. Conditions causing progressive muscle loss like muscular dystrophy, polio, and amyotropic lateral sclerosis can all lead to drop foot.
Treating Drop Foot
As with any orthopaedic foot condition, before you start thinking about treatment, you need to focus on diagnosis. Without a strong diagnosis, you can’t hope to effectively treat your symptoms. An orthopaedic foot specialist can diagnose your drop foot with a physical exam, in addition to diagnostic imaging tests (MRI, CT scan, x-ray). Once you have a diagnosis of drop foot, you can begin to investigate treatment options. Every patient’s situation is different – and treatment options are similarly diverse. That being said, drop foot is typically treated with bracing, custom orthotics, physical therapy, or surgical intervention. Your orthopaedic physician will be able to walk you through all of your options and provide a recommendation based on your unique situation.
Orthopaedic Foot Surgeon in Knoxville, TN
Dr. Chad Ferguson is a trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle procedures. Whether you’ve sustained a foot fracture or you’re dealing with ankle instability from a previous injury, Dr. Ferguson can help diagnose your condition and recommend options for treatment. Contact Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinics today to set up your appointment with Dr. Ferguson and get back on your feet!