Re: Foot Drop
I respectfully take exception to the blanket statement condemning ortho's. It was my Foot and Ankle ortho who immediately sent me to the neurologist when he saw the weakness in the foot. He also took a great deal of time explaining to me that it can originate from the spine to the knee to the ankle. He suspected ankle in my case because I have had ankle surgeries but he was also very careful to let me know it could be originating elsewhere. My daughter has MS and sometimes experiences foot drop. But with most neorological diseases you would have multiple symptoms, not just foot drop. Also, once I got the diagnosis, it was the NEUROSURGEON who said that the ortho could do a nerve release surgery. My ortho said absolutely NOT because those surgeries do not have a long term success rate. he is the one who sent me to PT which resolved my foot drop in a matter of six weeks.
So, not all ortho's are "knife happy". In fact my ortho always suggests his patients get a second opinion before he does surgery. There are good and bad doctors in every specialty. I agree that any time surgery is indicated a second opinion is a good idea.
I would also like to mention that MRI's often do NOT show nerve entrapment in the feet when in fact it may be there. My entrapment was glaring in the NC test and all the MRI showed is atrophy of the EDB. I had clear anterior tarsal tunnel and two subsequent MRI
findings never made mention of it. So, while an MRI can be positive, a negative reading doesn't always mean negative.
Last edited by emmie54; 08-26-2010 at 07:48 AM.
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