Foot Drop Treatments

Treatment for foot drop will vary depending on the cause. Typical treatments for foot drop include one or some combination of the following approaches:

Foot Drop Braces and Splints (Orthoses)
Orthoses, such as a drop foot brace or splint, are often the first line treatment by providing stabilization of the ankle and the foot. An Ankle-Foot-Orthosis (AFO) can be used to keep the dropped foot off the ground while walking if the patient has the functional use of their muscles. This creates a more even and more normal gait.

See Prefabricated Vs. Prescription Foot Orthotics

A brace for foot drop is used to keep the ankle at 90 degrees and prevents the foot from dropping toward the ground. The drop foot brace makes it easier for the patient to walk and more difficult to trip. The most common type of foot drop brace is made of polypropylene and is inserted into a shoe.

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Physical Therapy as a Foot Drop Treatment
In many cases, specific exercises may be advised to help the affected muscles.

In situations where foot drop has caused a significant gait disturbance, physical therapy may be necessary. Specialized physical therapy for foot drop may include gait training, which teaches the patient how to walk correctly again.

Read more in the Physical Therapy Health Center

Non-Surgical Foot Drop Treatments and Surgery
If a lower back condition is causing the dropped foot, specific non-surgical foot drop treatments many be the correct course of action.

Any patient who suspects drop foot is advised to consult with a medical professional as soon as possible to seek appropriate treatment and avoid possible complications.

Written by Grant Cooper, MD