Drop foot indicates the inability to pull the foot and toes upward or move the foot from side to side.
Drop foot can be caused when the common peroneal nerve, which runs through a nerve tunnel on the outside of the upper leg, becomes compressed. This is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome of the wrist.
The compression can be caused by:
- A congenitally tight nerve tunnel
- Trauma to leg or knee
- Hip replacement or knee surgery
Treatment for drop foot may involve surgical nerve decompression.
- This procedure can reverse the weakness associated with drop foot and allow patients to move about without fear of falling.
- We have seen patients discard their canes or walkers and transition to a lifestyle where they can exercise on a treadmill without assistance.
- The increased stability patients receive can help prevent falls and hip fractures in the senior population. This can lead to a significant increase in their general wellbeing and health.