View Full Version : Who has/had drop foot?
Apr. 7, 2012, 08:48 PM
I have had drop foot since dislocating my knee over Thanksgiving weekend. The peroneal nerve was hyper-stretched when my knee bent backwards, resulting in instant drop foot. :cry:
My toes move a bit now, and some of the numbness on the top of my foot is starting to go away, but that's it.
The surgeon doesn't think it will get better. The PT does.
Have you had it? If it got better, how long did it take? I know that the healing - if it will even get better - is about 1mm per day, but did you notice a huge change or did it come gradually? :confused:
Apr. 7, 2012, 08:57 PM
I threw my back out when I was about 21 and the severe sciatica caused me to have drop foot.
I couldn't work right for probably close to a year and have over the years had muscle loss on that leg. I've since broken that ankle several times so I've complicated things a bit although I think my broken ankles were due partly to the residual nerve damage.
The back of my calf and side of my foot still have numbness but an awful lot of it did heal over time.
My really bad nerve pinch was momentary. I was already flat on my back crippled and a slight shift in position caused my whole leg to go completely numb. It started coming back right away but initially left me with the drop foot and numbness up to my knee.
Good luck. Nerves can heal to some degree, it will just take a while.
Apr. 7, 2012, 09:03 PM
Oh Sketcher, I am so sorry, that just sucks!
Right now I have an AFO for it, so I am double-braced on that leg because I have long hinged one for my knee as well. Last Friday I started doing leg presses in PT, and it seems that it has caused the numbness on my leg to go down a bit. The PT swears he feels something there, so I just keep praying that it is true.
Apr. 7, 2012, 09:04 PM
My family member had an extended hospitalization last year that left her with a dropped foot - mostly due to contraction of the Achilles tendon, which finally had to be corrected with surgery. She was getting better, walking a block every day but has since suffered a relapse of her original problem and the tendon is tightening again - she has PT four times a week but it's very iffy for her, her age and the nature of her problems make dropped foot sort of inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.
When she gritted her teeth and just did it last year she was successful so follow your PT regimen and really work at it!
Apr. 7, 2012, 09:11 PM
Yeah, but sadly my drop foot comes from hyper-extension of the nerve, and there are no exercises for it, although I do go to PT 3X a week still for the knee recovery. Had another layer of Oh Shit added to it last week, when they said the knee was very loose and I'd have to wear another brace after this one, probably for a few years.
Hate PT and love it at the same time. Hate some of the exercises, but love most and love how fit it gets you!
Apr. 7, 2012, 09:29 PM
I have Ehlers Danlos Hypermobility type. I have drop foot from two herniated discs and degenerative back disease. I didn't even know I had it until I was evaluated for AFOs. The prosthetics guy and I figured out my falls were because the drop foot was causing me to scuff my toe, roll down the side of my foot, and then my ankle would collapse and I wouldn't be far behind.
I have also been diagnosed with tethered cord so maybe some of this will resolve after surgery, but given how long this has been going on I'm not holding my breath.
Apr. 7, 2012, 09:50 PM
My dad wasn't supposed to have ANY movement or feeling in his right hand after last summer's medical debacle. But he did. At least one nerve grew back enough for him to twitch his pointer finger. His hand also felt pain and the "buzzing" of being "asleep." The doctors thought it was medically impossible for him to do what he did!
Have faith! (Can't hurt!)
Apr. 8, 2012, 10:11 AM
Me. I have had drop toe, they also call it that.
My husband put a big board at the end of our bed, between the mattress and the bed frame, and when I was in the bed, and/or slept in it I would put my foot on the board and press, and I pretty much kept it like that for all night and day I was in the bed. Which for me was quite some time due to the severity of my injury.
Anything firm, and vertical will do, but you have to press against it firmly at all times, at ALL times to prevent it from happening.
Drop toe can and will happen in a matter of days. Then you go to lift your foot and it doesn't work. I still have issues even 10 years later after my accident. The foot which dropped is still weak sometimes for some reason. Your goal is to make it not happen, or if it has, get it attended to fast.
Apr. 8, 2012, 11:23 AM
I had pretty severe foot drop caused by nerve damage due to 2 herniated disks. A very good neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic operated on my back 8 years ago. I was 48 at the time. Gradually the foot drop did go away. The surgeon told me that the healing process would take about a year and that the improvement in that time frame would be as good as it was going to get.
8 years later my left leg is weaker than the right and the left foot does not work quite as well as the right but it is something that only I notice. Some mornings I just have to manually lift my left leg and aim it at the hole in my pants. I do have leg cramps at night only in that leg. The good news is that I have been totally free of back pain since the surgery, play tennis and ride my pretty hot ASB mare regularly.
Chin up, there is life after back surgery, nerve damage and foot drop.