Foot Drop

FOOT DROP treatment

Last Updated December 20th, 2021

Overview

Although we do not normally realize it, walking is a complex operation involving multiple individual movements that need to occur in perfect synchrony. This is made possible through fine coordination between the muscles, nerves, and joints. Our senses of balance and navigation help guide the entire operation. Disturbance occurring at any stage of this process can make normal movement challenging.

Those suffering from a condition known as ‘foot drop’ face difficulty in walking because of the inability to clearly lift the affected foot. This happens when the muscles responsible for this action become weakened. The toes of the foot drag along when the leg is lifted and the foot may also slap the ground when the leg is lowered. In order to give the drooping foot sufficient clearance, patients tend to lift the leg even higher than normal. Such abnormal movement, known as ‘steppage gait’, makes the patient susceptible to falls and injury.

 

What is Foot Drop?

FOOT DROP anatomyFoot drop is a neuromuscular disorder in which an individual is unable to lift his or her forefoot adequately while walking, with the result that the toes drag limply along on the ground. It may affect one foot alone or develop bilaterally.

Causes range from muscular weakness and neurological damage to certain anatomical defects. Often, damage or disturbance to the common peroneal nerve is the cause. Foot drop is not a disease in itself.

Rather it is an indication of some other underlying disorder, such as multiple sclerosis. It may be an isolated symptom or may be accompanied by pain and other indications of neurological disturbance such as tingling sensations and numbness.

 

What Causes Foot Drop?

The direct cause for foot drop is temporary or permanent weakness or paralysis of the muscles responsible for the upward movement of the foot at the ankle. This frequently arises as a result of nerve compression or damage. The problem may originate in the central nervous system (brain or spinal cord) or in the peripheral nervous system. Most often, the cause of foot drop is common peroneal neuropathy or disturbance to the common peroneal nerve. This nerve is responsible for sensation and motor function in parts of the lower leg and foot.

Foot drop injuryThe location of the peroneal nerve is relatively superficial at certain points, which makes it susceptible to injury or compression. For instance, as it traverses the lower leg, it wraps around the upper end of the calf bone where it is at a greater risk of suffering trauma or compression. Compression of the peroneal nerve at the head of the calf bone is one of the most common causes of foot drop and occurs more often in males than in females. The risk of developing peroneal neuropathy is also particularly high when maintaining certain kneeling, squatting or sitting postures for extended periods of time.

A fuller list of possible causes follows below:

  • Diabetes, since nerve damage can occur as a result of abnormally high levels of glucose in the blood.
  • Cerebral palsy.
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a hereditary disorder affecting sensory and motor nerves.
  • Polio.
  • Muscular dystrophy.
  • Lower back disorders such as lumbar herniated disc and sciatica.
  • Paralysis.
  • Tumors affecting the spinal cord or the peroneal nerve.
  • Injury leading to damage or compression of the peroneal nerve. This includes trauma during hip or knee replacement surgeries, during labor and childbirth or from spending long periods of time in a certain kneeling or sitting postures.
  • Injury to the muscles of the ankles or toes.
  • Neurodegenerative disorders that result in loss of muscular function. For example, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Motor neuron disorders such as Lou-Gehrig’s disease and spinal muscular atrophy.
  • Chronic alcoholism.

 

What are its Symptoms?

FOOT DROP treatmentFoot drop is typically characterized by loss of dorsiflexion. This is the ability to tilt the foot upwards and make the toes point towards the body. The forefoot remains limp upon lifting the leg. In order to compensate for this, the patient lifts the knee higher. This is known as steppage gait. Patients may also swing the leg outwards in an arc to avoid raising the thigh too high. Symptoms include:

  • Loss of dorsiflexion, causing the toes to drag on the ground when the leg is lifted while walking.
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the skin on the upper part of the foot and toes.
  • Steppage gait.
  • Inability to stand on or walk on the heels of the feet.
  • A weakness of the muscles.

 

Clinical complications

Loss of dorsiflexion in the foot may or may not be accompanied by pain. In general, the loss of normal movement makes the patient particularly susceptible to falls and serious injury.

 

Diagnosis

Diagnosis begins with a standard physical examination. ‘Steppage gait’ and the outward swinging of the leg are usually taken as indicators of foot drop. However, these can also manifest in certain other disorders where the patient experiences a painful sensation in the soles of the feet. Inability to walk on the heels is a conclusive sign of foot drop since that action is not possible to achieve without lifting the toes and foot clearly off the ground.

Next, it is important to determine what underlying conditions are responsible for foot drop. Blood tests help reveal any possible association with diabetes or excessive alcohol consumption. If these possibilities are ruled out, imaging tests help establish injuries or tumors that might be responsible. Examination of nerve conduction by means of tests like electromyography helps establish whether loss of nerve function is involved. If so, it helps determine whether the problem is present at the level of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) or that of the peripheral nervous system.

 

Treatment and Prevention

Treatment – Treatment for foot drop depends on the cause of the foot drop. Early treatment may improve chances in recovery.

  • Lightweight brace – This is the most common method of therapy. Here a brace is used to support the leg.
  • Shoe inserts (orthotics) – These are provided based on the level of support that is required for the foot.
  • Physical therapy – This helps in improving the foot and leg muscles. It may improve the person’s ability to walk. In some cases, electronic devices that stimulate the leg muscles while walking may be used.
  • Surgery – Surgery may be done to repair or decompress a damaged nerve. In some cases where foot drop in permanent, surgery to fuse the foot and the ankle joint or to transfer tendons from a stronger muscle may help improve the gait and stability.
  • Brace or splint – This can help hold your foot in a normal position.

Consider taking the following precautions for those who have a foot drop.

  • Keep all floors clear of clutter.
  • Avoid the use of throw rugs.
  • Move electronic wires away from the walkway.
  • Ensure that rooms and stairways are well lit.
  • Place fluorescent tape on the top and bottom of stairways.
  • Make sure that you do regular exercise to strengthen the muscles in your leg and foot.
  • Do not put too much pressure on your foot or knee.
  • Go for regular physiotherapy.

 

Facts

  • Foot drop affects both men and women. However, it is more common in men. The male to female ratio is approximately 2.8:1.
  • Both the feet are equally prone to developing this condition.

Facts

  • 3-13% of those who undergo surgery of the tibia ( the shin bone) subsequently experience foot drop.
  • Your feet contain 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and 250,000 sweat glands.
  • Toes can sometimes surgically replace thumbs.

Facts

  • Some form of foot drop occurs in middle-aged people who put excessive stress on that area of the body during athletics.

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Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • Replace simple carbohydrates with complex ones.
  • Use protective gear while playing sports.
  • Go for regular physiotherapy.
Don'ts
  • Succumb to a sedentary lifestyle. Exercise more.
  • Strain your foot.
  • Exert yourself while exercising or warming up.

 

 

 

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Is bronchitis contagious? And how to prevent this infection? It is acute bronchitis that is contagious which means you can contract it from another person or you…
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Meal replacement or protein drink? Learn all about Shakeology and its claims Shakeology from Beachbody claims to be the most suitable shake that can aid in weight loss, regulate blood…
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Easy and safe tips for ear wax removal you can do at home Cerumen impaction generally occurs when an external object like cotton swabs are used to remove the ear wax.…
myelogram
Myelography Myelography is an important diagnostic tool that is used to investigate and identify abnormalities in the spine and…
Rubella IgM test
Rubella IgM Test The Rubella IgM test is a blood test that is performed to diagnose the presence of the rubella…
sleep deprivation
Don’t let your sleep deficit grow into memory loss or heart attack Why is sleep important for us? How could sleep deprivation harm you? We bet you didn't know about…
Cordyceps: How the Caterpillar fungus works as a proven cancer-shield Strange as it may sound, but cordyceps or "caterpillar fungus", a fungus variety native to the Himalayas may…
Valerian Root: The best way to achieve tranquil sleep every night Valerian root is probably one of the oldest and safest way to cure your insomnia. Find out how…
How seitan proved to be a blessing in disguise for vegans worldwide Can only meat-eaters enjoy delicious juicy steaks and burgers? With seitan, the best meat substitute available today,even vegans…
Astaxanthin: Why experts believe it could be 550x more potent than vitamin E! What is astaxanthin and why is this new supplement on the block touted as the most powerful antioxidant…
What is the right way to take a pregnancy test? A pregnancy test is undertaken to determine if you have conceived. A home pregnancy test is the most…
PROGESTERONE_test
Progesterone test The progesterone test is a blood test used to determine the level of hormone progesterone in the blood…
lithium test
Lithium test A lithium test is a blood test that is used to diagnose conditions of acute and chronic lithium…
HSV-1_IGG
Herpes Simplex Virus I (HSV)-IgG Test Herpes simplex virus I(HSV)-IgG is an Immunoglobulin protein that acts as an antibody & stays in the blood…
BULIMIA NERVOSA vomiting
Can you get addicted to food? Learn everything about food addiction What is food addiction? How can people get addicted to eating? Is it an unhealthy eating habit or…
hidden causes obesity
8 hidden causes of obesity you probably didn’t know! Did you know that around 2 billion people worldwide are either overweight or obese? Are you too a…
Jicama: A fiber-rich tuber for your weight loss goals Pronouced as HEE-kah-ma, Jicama is the "new kid on the block" that has taken the world by the…
eating disorder anorexia
Eating Disorders: Lifestyle choice or a psychological condition? Is eating disorder just a harmless bad habit? Or does it represent grim psychological disorders? Do you want…
maltodextrin sugar
Maltodextrin: What are the hidden health benefits of this food additive? Maltodextrin is one of the few food additives that has been relatively deemed safe. Many experts now have…
Agave nectar: The bitter truth about this sweetener revealed Agave nectar is considered to be sweeter than the normal table sugar and even contains higher amounts of…
Bromelain: 11 reasons why you should start adding pineapple to your pizza! If you didn't love pineapples already, here are some of the top health benefits that bromelain can bring…
Psyllium Husk: More than just an effective natural laxative Psyllium husk, or isabgol, is a popular natural laxative . But did you in addition to regulating bowels,…
How can berberine supplements help you live longer and healthier? Berberine is a turmeric look-alike herbal extract that is credited with numerous health benefits ranging from diabetes cure…
Tamarind: The top health benefits of this staple Asian ingredient Did you know this sweet and sour pulpy fruit does more than just add a tangy flavor to…
Piaget stages: Do they accurately describe the way the human brain develops?  A common assumption was that children are less competent thinkers as compared to adults, but this was refuted…
GERD heartburn
Heartburn: What are the exact symptoms and the best home remedies? There are easy home remedies for heartburn, which not only acts as a first aid when you experience…
Barium-enema
Barium Enema Barium enema is also known as colon x-ray. Here, the patient is asked to consume small amount of…
Bone marrow aspiration Bone marrow aspiration is a process where a sample of the bone marrow is withdrawn from the bone…
CEA_test
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) test CEA or carcinoembryonic test detects the presence of CEA antigen in your blood mainly & determines the effectiveness…
cystatin C
Cystatin C Test Cystatin C is a specific single-chain protein that is found in body fluids and is a biomarker for…
Diabetes blood test
Diabetic Profile The diabetic profile is a set of tests used for testing and monitoring the various kinds of Diabetes…
piles,fistula,fissures
Difference between piles, fissures, and fistula Click to know the difference between piles, fistula and fissure and the best ways to get effective treatment…
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Phimosis Read to know everything about phimosis, types, symptoms, treatment, risks and prognosis for patients with this condition.
social media adddiction
Your health in the age of Social Media: Why is digital detox a necessity? Did you know that more than 400 million people are dangerously addicted to social media? Are you one…
nature health benefits
Green Healing: The amazing health benefits of being in nature You have no idea what sitting in a closed room does to your body and mind.Can a stroll…
hidden benefits walking
9 benefits of walking we bet you didn’t know! Did you know walking can be the miracle pill for eternal youth? Everyone knows walking is good for…
quinoa salad
Quinoa : A prodigious superfood you need to include in your diet today! Quinoa - what is so special about this native South American grain that has taken the world by…