Foot Drop Syndrome

Foot Drop Syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder characterized by weak muscles in the front of the lower leg. This affects the ability to lift the foot at the ankle. Damage to the nerve fibers that allow the flexing of the ankle and toes can cause several problems. When patients attempt to walk, they tend to drag the foot along the ground. They further compensate by lifting the knee higher than usual. Foot drop can often be the sign of a major underlying complication, rather than a ‘simple’ inability to raise the foot. It can be caused by a nerve injury, spinal or brain disorder or muscle disorder. Foot drop can affect one foot or both feet and can be temporary or permanent, depending on the cause.

Physical Therapy plays an important role in the management of foot drop. It allows patients to experience better mobility, which leads to an improved quality of life. A treatment regime that includes electrical stimulations of the nerves and muscle fibers helps generate electrical impulses within the muscles and can help increase the tone and the contractility.

Gait signifies the way a person walks. A gait abnormality is a deviation from normal walking. Gait training is recommended for those patients with significant gait problems. This treatment helps a patient walk more efficiently and improve stability by incorporating different strength and balance exercises. At times, gait training requires the use of walkers, canes and parallel bars to safeguard the patient. Solo Step is an assistive device used to help our patients maintain balance during training.

Braces and Splints for individuals with limited control over their foot muscles is used to help improve gait. Braces designed to support the function of the ankle and foot, keeping them perpendicular at an angle of 90 degrees. This helps to keep the foot off of the ground while walking.

The Road to Recovery for foot drop can be rather debilitating for patients and can affect mobility to a great degree. While there are several causes of foot drop, physical therapy is the most effective treatment option. Long-term outcomes vary but many patients can regain  significant function and mobility following a physical therapy plan of care. As your trusted healthcare professionals with several years of experience treating muscular and neurological conditions, we promise to take good care of you.  Together, we will walk the road to recovery. Don’t hesitate, reach out to us today and give us the  opportunity to show you how physical therapy can change your life.

Physical Therapy and Feet

Feet are our foundation and every part of our body rests upon them. Everything an able-bodied persons needs to do requires healthy functioning feet. Physical Therapists are also called “movement specialists.” The goal of physical therapy is to get your muscles, limbs, and joints moving and working, focusing on decreasing pain, building strength and improving your range of motion.  Let’s say you have had your bunion or flat foot fixed surgically. You’re going to need at least a couple of weeks of immobilization and limited weight bearing to allow your foot time to heal, therefore, once your doctor gives you the go-ahead, you will need to rehab your feet and ankles, to help restore strength and range of motion so that you can resume your activities while minimizing your risk of a post-surgical injury or any complication. There is really no better way to do this than under the expert care and guidance of our Physical Therapy team is focused on helping patients return to full activity and achieve their optimum quality of life as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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