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Foot Drop - what we can do at the clinic to help

Updated: Oct 7, 2021




Foot drop is a common condition due to nerve damage where the anterior tibialis muscle is weak which causes the foot to fall at a lower position than normal, thus its name 'foot drop'. This condition can restrict and effect everyday activities therefore it is important to get it diagnosed and treated.


Causes

Foot drop can be caused by a range of different diseases and injuries. It is usually caused by lower or upper motor neuron diseases which can affect one foot or both feet. An interference at any central or peripheral location along the motor neural pathway can stop the muscles that helps lift the foot up. The most common causes are L5 radiculopathy and peroneal nerve injury.



Treatment
  • Physical therapy such as strengthening exercises can be prescribed. The aim is to reduce muscle fiber atrophy (muscle wasting away), improve balance, preserve ankle mobility, and improve gait. For post nerve surgery, this is important to acquire central control and to promote reinnervation.