Do you currently suffer from drop foot?
Do you want to learn about ways in which you can treat drop foot without surgery?
Drop foot affects people on a daily basis. Maybe not you, but someone you might know may have this walking impairment. Typically, drop foot can happen as a result of a large problem that is occurring. For example, if you suffer from multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, a traumatic brain injury or a brain tumor, then this might be the greater cause of a foot drop that you currently have. One of the main reasons why people suffer from foot drop is also weakness in the tibialis anterior muscle. – Whatever the case may be, do not think you are without options. Conservative treatment options exist and can help you walk better as a result. We will talk more about these options later in this article.
2.) The Tibialis Anterior
A.) Action: This muscle dorsiflexes and inverts the foot. The term dorsiflex that is mentioned here refers to the foot moving in an upward fashion. In other words, you need your anterior tibialis to help you lift your foot when you walk. This is a very significant muscle and if you it is not operating correctly due to atrophy or a nerve innervation problem, then the person with this problem can have trouble walking as a result.
B.) Nerve Innervation For the Anterior Tibilalis: The deep peroneal nerve (L4,L5,S1) – If this nerve is compromised, then the tibialis anterior will not work very well. If the nerve is damaged somehow your doctor may have some important advice on how to recover in the best way possible. As you can see, a nerve problem can also trigger a foot drop. This can cause the person with foot drop to walk more slowly, with less balance, and they might have a higher incidence of falling as a result.
3.) Treatment Options For Foot Drop
If you have atrophy of the tibialis anterior or you have a peroneal nerve issue then it is time to consider working with a local, licensed orthotist. These individuals can provide you with either a brace to help you walk better or another device called the WalkAide. These are commonly used aids that can help you walk better again.
Note: This is health information. Medical advice on bracing and the WalkAide system should be provided to you by your local, licensed orthotist.