What is Dropfoot
Dropfoot is a condition that makes it difficult for you to lift your foot or toes up. It occurs when the muscles and nerves in your ankle and foot are damaged. If left untreated, it can lead to serious complications.
If you have Dropfoot, you may drag the front of your foot on the ground when you walk. You may also trip frequently or find it difficult to climb stairs.
What are the main causes of dropfoot?
Dropfoot is caused by damage to the peroneal nerve located on the outside of the lower leg. This nerve controls the muscles in your feet that help lift them up.
The most common cause of damage to this nerve is an injury to your lower leg or ankle. Other causes include:
– Multiple sclerosis (MS)
– Spinal cord injury
– Diabetes mellitus (high blood sugar levels)
Dropfoot can also be caused by not using the foot such as going in for an operation that requires a lot of bed rest.
What can you do to trigger a fast recovery from dropfoot?
Treatment for dropfoot depends on its cause, but there are many things you can do at home to help speed up recovery time and prevent complications:
– Wear comfortable shoes with good arch support and wide-toe boxes. Avoid wearing high heels or narrow shoes that pinch your toes together.
A drop foot brace is often used to help push the toes up towards the ceiling, especially when walking upstairs. Braces for drop foot on both feet include:
– AFOs (Ankle Foot Orthosis) is a type of plastic or carbon-fiber brace that fits inside your shoe and reaches from under your knee to your ankle.
– Ankle Straps are a great way to support the front of your ankle and foot. They can be placed directly over your ankle and attached to special shoes or trainers which have eyelets for the straps to fit into.
– Drop Foot Splints are usually made of metal and plastic and some types can be worn inside your shoe while others require special shoes that have a hole in them.