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    Old 02-20-2005, 11:01 PM   #1
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    Foot Drop?

    What exactly is foot drop? I have 4 levels of Hernasited with stenosis and some impingement. A year ago, the Doc asked if I had foot frop and I said No and I can't remember if he had me stand on toes or heel.

    Now, however, I am getting very severe pain in the heel of my left leg that hurts 24/7 and I can't stand on toes nor stand on heel anymore. I was wondering if this was foot drop and if so, what does it mean.


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    Old 02-21-2005, 03:54 AM   #2
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    Re: Foot Drop?

    When was your last MRI?

    Old 02-21-2005, 07:51 AM   #3
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    Old 02-21-2005, 05:12 PM   #4
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    Re: Foot Drop?

    Quietdrop is on target with this...I had foot drop almost 2 years ago.

    Foot drop is when you CANNOT flex the can point, but not flex.

    When I had to go to client meetings, I would wear a very high but sturdy set of heels to avoid the brace. The brace requires your foot to remain as if you are wearing tennis shoes or flats.

    Insurance rarely covers (that I know of), and you are likely obligated to call DME sellers in your area before you find one who even carries ones. Fortunately they run around $70 or so.

    The source for foot drop starts with an MRI, then an EMG. EMGs are used to id whether the nerve damage (which causes foot drop, or is primary) is superficial or deep. Fortunately, mine was superficial (peroneal nerve - outside calf) and went away after 2 months.

    I also spent ALOT of time doing kicks/flaps in whatever "pool" I could find (including my tub). Aqua therapy was what I primarily did to work on the foot drop.
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