When Surgery Could Help Foot Drop

Mobility is a crucial element of freedom for many of us, and we will struggle against anything that tries to impede it. This makes a condition such as foot drop, which affects the ability to lift the front of the foot, especially frustrating or terrifying. In our human determination, we try to compensate my lifting the knee higher than normal or swinging the leg wider. To provide real help, however, means getting to the source of the problem, and sometimes that might ultimately mean surgery for drop foot symptoms.

Not all cases of drop foot may benefit from surgery, and not all should. Options will depend on what the underlying cause of the problem is, and sometimes non-surgical methods such as use of an ankle/leg brace and physical therapy can comfortably counteract the condition.

In other situations, particularly when the nerve responsible for forefoot motion is compressed or damaged, surgery could be the best option for restoring mobility. Surgery might be able to decompress the nerve, or a nerve graft or transfer could be performed to repair it.

In more severe cases of foot drop that are unfortunately permanent, a fusion of the foot and ankle joint or the transfer of tendons from stronger muscles may be able to improve one’s gait and stability. It will not restore full motion, but it could provide the best possible alternative.

Treatment for drop foot can take many forms, but all seek to help you regain your control in the best ways possible. Bloomington podiatrist Kevin Powers can help navigate the possibilities and determine the best route for you. Schedule an appointment with our office by calling (812) 333-4422 or fill out our online form.