Treating Symptoms of Foot Drop

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Managing the symptoms of foot drop requires a multifaceted approach aimed at addressing its underlying causes while enhancing stability and mobility. The main symptom of foot drop is difficulty lifting the front part of the foot when you take a step. It can stem from muscular weakness, nerve damage in the leg, or injuries to the brain or spinal cord. Treatment with the help of a podiatrist focuses on strengthening the foot, ankle, and lower leg muscles to improve function and compensate for the lack of dorsiflexion. Wearing an ankle-foot orthosis can also provide support by maintaining proper alignment during walking, which reduces the risk of tripping and falling. Electrical nerve stimulation offers another avenue for improvement, facilitating muscle activation and enhancing walking ability in some cases. For severe or long-term foot drop caused by muscle paralysis, surgical intervention may be necessary to restore movement. Home modifications, such as removing clutter and using non-slip rugs, play a vital role in fall prevention. If you are experiencing symptoms of foot drop, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to explore appropriate treatment options.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact John McGhan, DPM from Gold Canyon Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Gold Canyon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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