Foot Drop

Understanding Foot Drop

Foot Drop is a condition that affects the ability to lift the front part of the foot, leading to difficulty walking and potential trips or falls. At Metropolitan Neurosurgery Brain & Spine, we aim to provide you with valuable information about Foot Drop, its causes, and the available treatment options, including surgical interventions.

Recognizing the Symptoms

Identifying the symptoms of Foot Drop is essential for proper diagnosis and treatment. Common symptoms associated with this condition include:

Difficulty lifting the front part of the foot while walking

A noticeable dragging or slapping of the foot while walking

Foot and ankle weakness or numbness

Pain and swelling in the leg or foot

Loss of balance and potential falls


Exploring Treatment Options

At Metropolitan Neurosurgery Brain & Spine, we understand the impact that Foot Drop can have on your daily life. Our website provides information on various non-surgical & surgical treatment options to help manage your symptoms effectively.

Non-Surgical Treatment

Physical therapy and targeted exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting the foot and ankle and improve gait.

Orthotics and braces provide support and stability to the affected foot.

Medications for pain relief and to manage underlying medical conditions.

Electrical stimulation therapy stimulates the affected nerves and muscles.

NOTE: At times a foot drop can be considered a medical emergency. If this is an acute change it should be immediately evaluated by a medical professional because surgery may be required quickly.


Surgical Treatment

When conservative treatments fail to provide adequate relief, surgical intervention may be considered. Our website will guide you through the surgical options available for Foot Drop, including:

Nerve Decompression: A surgical procedure that involves removing any compression or impingement on the affected nerve, allowing it to function properly.


What is Foot Drop?

Foot Drop refers to the damage or compression of the peroneal nerve, which controls the muscles that lift the front part of the foot. As a result, patients may experience weakness or paralysis in the foot and ankle, leading to a noticeable dragging of the foot while walking. This condition can be caused by various factors, including:

1.  Trauma or injury to the leg or foot

2.  Nerve compression or impingement

3.  Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis

4.  Surgery or prolonged bed rest

5.  Neurological disorders such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis

Begin Your Journey to Recovery Today

Don’t let Foot Drop hold you back any longer. Start your journey to recovery today by calling or requesting an appointment.
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