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Hi everyone. I've been suffering from foot drop or drop foot for about 5-6 weeks. This happened from bending at the knee for a couple hours at a time throughout the day. I was basically sitting on my knees for that period of time. I now have to wear an AFO on my left foot and calf to brace the foot and to keep it from dragging on the floor. The pain hasn't improved very much, neither has the motion of my foot. I still can't lift the front part of my foot up off the ground after all this time of five weeks. I'd like to know from others if it's time to have surgery, or should I wait it out the full three months and see if it goes away by itself.? I'm pretty sure I pinched the peroneal nerve on the top back side of my calf because I also had a huge blister in that exact spot that was full of this liquid jelly type of substance. Has anybody else experienced this? And would a Neurologist be the right doctor to see about this?

Steve W.



  • AJGormitAAJGormit Posts: 941
    edited 09/28/2017 - 10:15 AM

    hi swhyard

    welcome to spine-health

    i would strongly advise you go the your family doctor, get an examination and get advice on referral for diagnostic investigation.  nobody can see through flesh, so that is the only way to confirm where this problem is coming from.

    your doctor will be able to test your reflexes and convey those results to your referral destination.  nerves do not like being trapped and long term entrapment bring about permanent issues, so make that appointment today and let us know an update when you have.

    there are no medical professional on this site, so any replies will be about personal experience.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information on this very informative site.  there is lots of material to research that will help give you the power of knowledge

    welcome to spine health



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  • Hi Steve,

     I know the post is about a year and half old but im going through the same thing and was wondering what was the outcome of your drop foot. 

      Did (or still do) have pain, burning or numbness?

      Did a neurologist diagnose it as an entrapped peroneal nerve?  Thanks

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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745

    This is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so I have to close it. If they return we can reopen the discussion.


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