Foot drop isn’t a condition, but a symptom that can be related to a variety of conditions or injuries. Sometimes called drop foot, the symptoms mean you will have difficulty lifting the front part of your foot when it comes to walking. This can be difficult to manage for some patients as it usually means walking with an unsteady or unusual gait, difficulty with stairs and an increased chance of falling/tripping. Foot drop may affect one of your feet or both.
Foot drop can be permanent or temporary and your initial assessment will be for us to understand the root cause of your foot drop and work out a rehabilitation plan. Sometimes foot drop can be cured completely and other times, it is best to work on managing the symptoms and trying to improve the severity.
After an assessment and gaining a good understanding of the cause of your foot drop, our therapists may recommend a specific type of foot drop therapy or a combination of treatments. The length of your treatment may depend on how your symptoms respond. At VIM Health we can treat foot drop using braces or splints – these are fitted to your foot or ankle and help hold your foot in a normal position. A course of physiotherapy can help strengthen leg muscles and improve walking problems that are associated with a dropped foot. Some patients may be suitable candidates for a functional electrical stimulation (FES) device.
People coming to us with foot drop have a wide range of conditions that are the cause of dropped foot. Nerve injury, from compression of the nerves that control your ability to lift the foot, is a common reason. This can sometimes become apparent after hip or knee replacement surgery. Pinched spinal nerves can also cause foot drop.
Conditions that affect the brain, such as stroke or multiple sclerosis can cause foot drop and this type of therapy can be a vital part of rehabilitation. We can also treat patients that have conditions affecting the brain or spine, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis.
If you are ready to get in touch and start your health journey, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Initial chats are free of charge and are a great opportunity for you to ask any questions about our services.