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Introduction

Foot drop or drop foot is a common movement disorder that affects an individual’s ability to lift their foot properly while walking. This condition can cause a limp or dragging of the foot, making it difficult for the person to walk normally. Let’s understand the causes and symptoms of foot drop, and various treatment options available at Physio Active.

 

What is Foot Drop?

Foot drop is a condition that affects the ability of a person to lift the front part of their foot while walking. This can lead to a limp or dragging of the foot, making it difficult for the person to walk normally. Foot drop is often caused by nerve or muscle damage, which affects the ability of the foot to lift properly.

 

Causes of Foot Drop

There are several factors contributing to the development of foot drop, including:

Nerve damage: This can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, disease, or nerve compression.

Muscle weakness: Foot drop can also occur as a result of muscle weakness, which can be caused by conditions such as muscular dystrophy or peripheral neuropathy.

Stroke: Foot drop is a common complication of stroke, as it can cause damage to the nerve pathways that control movement.

Multiple sclerosis: MS is a chronic condition that affects the central nervous system and can cause damage to the nerve pathways that control movement, leading to foot drop.

 

Symptoms of Foot Drop

Some of the common symptoms of foot drop include:

  • Difficulty lifting the foot while walking
  • Dragging of the foot while walking
  • Limping or an unsteady gait
  • Weakness or numbness in the foot or leg
  • Difficulty climbing stairs or getting in and out of a car
  • Treatment Options for Foot Drop at Physio Active

 

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is a common treatment option for foot drop, as it can help strengthen the muscles in the leg and improve movement. Our physiotherapists at Physio Active will develop a customized treatment plan based on your specific needs, which may include exercises to strengthen the muscles, improve balance and coordination, and increase your range of motion.

 

Bracing and orthotics

Bracing and orthotics can also be used to help improve mobility and reduce the symptoms of foot drop. Our team at Physio Active will work with you to determine the best type of brace or orthotic device for your needs, as per your lifestyle, level of activity, and other factors.

 

Nerve stimulation

Nerve stimulation is another treatment option for foot drop that can help to improve muscle strength and coordination. Our Physio Active physiotherapists are trained in using nerve stimulation techniques, such as electrical stimulation or functional electrical stimulation (FES), to help improve movement and reduce the symptoms of foot drop.

 

Manual therapy

Manual therapy, such as massage, joint mobilization, and stretching, can also improve mobility and reduce pain in individuals with foot drop. Our team at Physio Active will work with you to determine the best manual therapy techniques for your needs, considering your specific symptoms and goals.

 

Conclusion

Foot drop can greatly affect an individual’s ability to walk and perform daily activities, but the right treatment helps to improve mobility and reduce symptoms. Physio Active offers a variety of effective treatment options for foot drop, including physical therapy, bracing and orthotics, nerve stimulation, and manual therapy. Our highly trained physiotherapists will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that meets your specific needs and goals.

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