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Old 10-22-2004, 08:32 AM   #1
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What is foot drop?

Hello all: I posted the thread regarding my update on the Maverick disc replacement. After reading several different threads, I am wondering what is "Foot drop?" I have explained how badly my feet hurt, especially my left leg and foot. The foot feels as though it is on fire and bruised. After several hours of pain I can hardly walk on it due to it feels as though electricity runs through it when I put my weight on it. I realize it is the nerves, but all I need now is foot drop! Does foot drop cause you to lose mobility in that foot and/or leg? Please advise.

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Old 10-22-2004, 09:54 AM   #2
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Re: What is foot drop?

Hi Brily,
I have foot drop, I got it right after microdisktomy surgery in 2002. I went to get out of bed and fell toeard the left, did not feel my leg at all, I thought I had a stroke, but the dr. came in and said it was foot drop and it would be tingling for a few days, and they put a brace on my left leg and foot. I think it is from nerve damage, he said during my surgery I had a double nerve root, and to get at the disk he had to put pressure on the nerve and not to worry about it , it would be okay. Well its been 2 years, and I still have the foot drop, you cannot pick up you foot, it drags, I had a emg and did not know they did it, so I have some really bad nerve damage.Hope this helps you understand a little more about foot drop.

Old 10-22-2004, 11:26 PM   #3
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Re: What is foot drop?

I had 'foot drop' after I herniated a L4/5 disk, it felt just as you described at first burning feeling in my foot and leg and then a numbness that hurt if you can imagine that. You drag your foot to walk, my big toe was numb and I could not lift it from the floor. I was put on 2 week steroids, the burning feeling stopped, but in my case the steroids brought the inflamation down from my nerve being impinged from disk herniation and I eventually got feeling back in my foot and pain subsided. It took a while (1-2 mos) before I could walk normally, a degree of numbness continued for a bit longer. Hope this info helps you.
Wish you the best, hang in there !

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