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foot drop

crownccrown Posts: 6
i have had foot drop for about 2 months now i went to a orthopedic surgeon he told me it would lats 6 to 9 months. The meds i have been on is oxy codone 7.5 nuroton 300mg ativan 1mg and methodone 10mg. The pain is unreal it feels like it is on fire my right foot is out of commission. I am 32 years old i get around my house by crawling luckily my left foot works some what. I have crutches but for long periods i need the wheelchair. What you guys have told me about nuroton you have to be weened of it is that true. I recently have been prescribed transine in replacement the orthopedic surgeon says i need physical therapy but the pain as every one has said is unreal it affects my calf the muscle feels dead. As well is this a life long thing and will i just have to except being on pain meds the rest of my life i have to eat 5 to 7 of the oxy 7.5 to help with the pain is there a better medication out there i have no insurance all the docs want me to get on ssi and medicaid since i cannot work can any one give me feed back please this is the most horrible thing i have been through please help crown


  • i recently went to the emergency room and will soon start therapy as i do not have medical insurance and i have to use the county resources which take time i have started the exercises such as pulling my foot back and forward which stimulates parts of the calf muscle still though something does not feel right i feel as if i have a big club on my foot and it is painful if any one has been through this or is going through this i would like to hear your experiences thanks crown
  • It is not clear from your post if you have spine issues that are causing the foot drop. Is the orthopedic doctor you have seen a spinal specialist? I imagine there are reasons for foot drop other than a compressed spinal nerve, but that is the reason we are most familiar with on this forum. And if foot drop is caused by a compressed spinal nerve, the usual solution is a surgery to decompress the nerve. As long as the nerve is not getting the appropriate blood supply, it cannot function properly. This can lead to loss of motor function or numbness and sensory feelings like burning or stabbing pain, "electrical" sensations, etc. I have a feeling like warm water is being dribbled down my leg...

    I just couldn't tell from your post whether this foot drop was caused by a herniated disc pressing on a spinal nerve or what the reason was that you were being given physical therapy....Sometimes in the case of a stroke or other neurological event, foot drop can develop and then the treatment is physical therapy...but foot drop from a spinal problem is usually first treated by decompressing the nerve...obviously, if that is found to be the cause of the foot drop....(if that makes sense!)

    If you are taking neurontin for nerve pain, it is less important to wean yourself off it. It is a drug that is an anti-seizure classification of drug, and if taken for seizures it is then very important to reduce the dosage gradually. For most taking it for nerve pain, unless they are taking a large dosage, it is usually OK to stop taking it without gradually reducing the amount.

    Good luck to you. I hope you can get some relief soon.

  • I had foot drop with my herniated disc that lasted more than 6 months. I would walk and the top of my foot would scrape the ground or I would trip over my foot. I found wearing TED(thrombolytic sticking) helped keep circulation moving. I also exercised my foot riding my stationary recumbent exercise bike. I take Cymbalta for the numbness and pain I still have in my foot. The swelling went down though and icing and mild heat helped also but this is my experiences and always check with your Doctor or Physio what best to do. I also used a cane if I needed to walk anywhere which at first was impossible. Do you have a herniated disc? Take care and I hope you can get SSI and Medicaid. I think you're Doctor needs to get rolling on filling out the forms for you. I think you can apply online also. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I realize this site is for spinal injury but i have searched on the web for cases of foot drop and this is one of the only forums I found.

    As far as i know my foot drop is caused from a nerve in my knee and the sensation you are sharing sounds very similar to mine. The only thing i can not walk on my right foot i can not put much pressure on it standing the use of cruthches or a walker is necessary.

    It has been about three months the swelling is still there some of the pain has subsided but now it gets very stiff after the stretches and is there until i stretch it again the which is good i almost lost it when i looked down and found my calf muscle was gone and it looked like bone wrapped around skin.

    i get fitted for cast on the 4th of jan. i am waiting to see the neuro. I have barley had any improvement in the three months although there is some. But from what i have read this is a long thing to recover from. Thanks for the feed back crown
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