Our feet bear most of our body weight and so are prone to diseases and injuries caused to the foot nerves or as a secondary condition from other ailments. Foot drop or drop foot is one such condition which hinders mobility and can be quite frustrating because it impairs your ability to lift the front portion of your foot. Treatable if caused by nerve damage, foot drop patients show little improvement if it is caused by an underlying neurological, muscular or anatomical problem which is left untreated.
Foot drop or Drop foot
Foot Drop or Drop Foot is the inability to lift the front part of the foot. Because of loss of control in the front portion, drop feet patients are either seen dragging their toes or have different gait. They tend to lift their knee higher than usual or swing their leg in a wide arc to avoid grazing their toes. Foot drop is not a disease in itself, but can be regarded as a symptom of some other underlying medical conditions. Foot drop can affect one or both the feet which makes recovery difficult.
Treatment of foot drop depends on the cause of the disease. If foot drop is caused by nerve damage, it can be corrected by physiotherapy, braces and electrical stimulation. If it is caused as a secondary disorder due to a neurological or spinal condition then, the primary condition is to be treated.
If you experience tingling and numbness in the front part your foot it could be a sign of drop foot. Consult your physician immediately for further course of treatment.