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drop foot

I have been diagnosed with drop foot.  My left ankle and foot are swollen and I cannot lift my toes.  I walk with a limp.  This is probably coming from a disc herniation and I am waiting for an MRI. 

Does anyone know if this can get better by itself or is surgery the only option to try to cure it.



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,265

    You have to understand what is the reason for the drop foot.   Most of the time, it is a result of damaged nerves.   Normally an EMG/NCS diagnostic test can verify this.   

    Many patients have temporary partial drop foot because of this type of nerve damage.   Having surgery to correct the origin of the nerve damage (disc impinging a nerve) is the path that most take.   

    Depending on the extent of the nerve damage may determine the long term outcome.   I have had a partial drop foot for over 20 years now as a result of some permanently damaged/dead nerves from my knee down to the foot.  Nothing can correct that situation, instead of have special inserts for specific shoes and sneakers.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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