The inability to lift the front/anterior portion of the foot is known as foot drop. This condition causes one to drag the toes along the ground while walking. It also causes paralysis of the anterior muscles of the lower leg. Foot drop can happen to one or both feet at the same time. It can strike at any age and may be temporary or permanent.
Difficulty while lifting the foot, dragging the foot while walking, slapping the foot down with each step, raising the thigh while walking, pain, weakness or numbness in the foot or a limp foot are all essentially symptoms of an occurring or impending foot drop.
This condition occurs because of an impaired peroneal nerve caused by sports injury, diabetes and hip or knee replacement surgery. This injury or strain can also occur after spending long hours sitting either crossed leg or squatting.
This condition occurs because of an impaired peroneal nerve caused by sports injury, diabetes and hip or knee replacement surgeryChildbirth, drastic weight loss, injury to the nerve roots of the spine and some neurological conditions such as stroke and cerebral palsy can also cause foot drop. Conditions that cause muscles to weaken or deteriorate like muscular dystrophy and polio are other causes.
The treatment options include physiotherapy to strengthen the leg muscles, maintaining a range of motion with regard to the knee and ankle, exercises, nerve stimulation, surgery, use of splint or an ankle brace.
Foot drop should be taken seriously for if neglected it can cause permanent damage. If treated and diagnosed in time this condition is fairly curable. In short peroneal nerve injury should be prevented to avoid this debilitating condition.