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Old 03-22-2005, 09:45 PM   #1
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Foot drop

Does anyone have information they can share with me on Foot drop? The dr diagnoised it last week after alot of skinned up knees and elbows. They did an MRI Friday to look at my 13 year old double laminectomy. Said possibility of scar tissue on a nerve but if it comes back clear will send me to neurologist to do nerve ending test I guess. Anyway I would appreciate any information regarding cause and treatment (if treatable). Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-23-2005, 12:28 AM   #2
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Re: Foot drop

my doc say i may have mild foot drop i dunno nothing about it,but...can i ask u if ur lower leg hurts when walking at back sorta below ur calf and in front on top of ur foot and toes?my lower leg has a burning cramping type pain when i walk.

Old 03-23-2005, 07:17 AM   #3
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Re: Foot drop

Yes it hurts. I have to continually remember to pick it up. I have a difficult time flexing my ankle up. From about half way below my knee to my foot feels sorta like dead weight. When I am not mindful of how I am walking my foot drags or just completely goes out and I fall. It is only on my left side. When the dr scrapped it for feeling it was not near as sensitive as the right side. It sorta feels numb, burning etc. Came on suddenly but after a cortizone shot in my left him probably 8 years ago I have had on and off problems with it. Nothing like now though. Dr thinks possibly scar tissue from L5-L6 surgery 13 years ago is pushing on nerve. Made it sound like surgery was the only relief option. From what I have researched it can be a life long problem needed eventually a cane for support. I have considered using one lately as I am tired of falling. I noticed yesterday how much I limp and use my hip for movement. Seems like I read somewhere that Foot Drop make you shift your hips in not a good way. I don't know. Hopefully someone else will have good information that we can both use. I am hoping my test results will be back today and they will have good news for me. I will keep informing the board. Thanks for your reply.

Old 03-23-2005, 07:41 PM   #4
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Re: Foot drop


I've had the foot drop and glad to say that mine is much better. It did get worse immediately following my 10 level fusion back in December. Once my fusion was done and some scar tissue removed fromthe dorsal dura and bilateral laminotomies redone at these levels opening and meticulously cleaning additional space since I have arthritis, and a number of spinal problems. Thankfully, I was on a walker for nearly 3 months which helped insure that I didn't stumble and fall with this foot drop, along with made walking less jarring to all this hardware. Sure hope that your doc and do something, especially for the pain. At least my foot drop is on the foot where I have numb toes, and I didn't have pain.

I also tend to build up a lot of scar tissue, which has caused additional surgeries in other areas in ,u past. Thankfully, since I've been seeing this ortho spine specialist he has been using Adcon-L gel which helps reduce internal scarring in spine surgeries even with 8 spine surgeries, none were for removing scar tissue. There are other gel's and at the moment I cannot think of the names, as this one and the one for abdominal surgeries stick in my mind. I'm sure that you can find other names with a web search, but this may be something you will want to discuss with your doctors if any additional surgery is discussed at any point.

Best wishes, and I hope you will let us know what you find out and how you are doing.

Old 03-24-2005, 10:09 AM   #5
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Re: Foot drop

I've had the foot drop and glad to say that mine is much better. At least my foot drop is on the foot where I have numb toes, and I didn't have pain.

Do you know why your toes are numb? I have numb toes on both feet, worse since my 3-level fusion 9 months ago. And I was just told I have no reflex in my right ankle. And I seem to be catching my right foot on things.

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