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Foot Drop Heals

Hi All,

So Foot drop!!! it sux when it first happens too you! you loose hope quickly and think life is going to be so much harder dealing with this for the rest of you life potentially..... Well im here to tell you that there is hope!!!!!! YEAH!!!! foot drop does heal and you do get your foot back!!! it is slow and does take time but patience and pushing it at the gym is what it takes.......

I had a burst L4-L5 disc that compressed my nerve to zero and gave me drop foot! they operated and i had no movement after the surgery.
2 months after the surgery is when i got a small amount of movement back and month after month it slowly came back..... My foot went from -20 to -15 to -10 to -5 and is now at +5 which is incredible!!!! and its still healing everyday!! its been about 9 months since the surgery.

What helped me along the way...... Prayer to my Heavenly Father, trusting that he has a plan/path for me and that he can heal all or give you the strength to handle what ever may come your way.
Also the gym, walking, climbing stairs, do leg exercises, claf raises i bought a road push bike and cycle 3 times a week and love it!!! metally its amazing and is great for your foot and ankle!!!

Hang in there the is hope and proof in me that foot drop does and can heal.............

Timmy :)


  • I'm so happy to hear that you have got your foot back and after only 9 months! It takes a long time for nerves to heal and regenerate! Your hard work and perseverance has obviously paid off!

    I have nerve damage on my left at L4 and L5 as a result of complications during my first fusion surgery. I have lost use of some of the muscles in my glut, quad, knee, calf, ankle and foot. There was some improvement in the first year or so but then it stopped. I wear a 'blue rocker' AFO so that I don't fall, or sprain my ankle (which has happened a few times) and will probably have to wear it for life. I work hard to keep muscle tone and to develop other muscles in the hope that they will take over for the ones that don't work. As a result I have managed to avoid much of the obvious muscle waste that often accompanies ailments such as these.

    I feel for anyone that has to deal with foot drop and am always so excited for those that recover. Hearing news like yours always gives me hope that my nerves are just slow and that one day I too will get the use of my leg back again as well!
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    I, too, am happy to hear of your healing!
    Thanks for sharing the good story and encouragement!
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