conditions - what we treat

What we
treat

Treatment depends on the specific cause of foot drop. The most common treatment is to support the foot with light-weight leg braces and shoe inserts, called ankle-foot orthotics (AFO). Exercise therapy to strengthen the muscles and maintain joint motion also helps to improve gait.

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The Prognosis for Foot Drop 

The prognosis for foot drop depends on the cause. Foot drop caused by trauma or nerve damage usually shows partial or even complete recovery.

For progressive neurological disorders, foot drop will be a symptom that is likely to continue as a lifelong disability, but it will not shorten life expectancy. Often the treatment will change, often alternative orthotic solutions will be applied for changing stages of the condition.

 

How MoveMe can Help

Orthotic Consultation for treatment or prevention of foot drop including measurement / fitting can be arranged by our qualified clinical team –  contact us for more information on what is available or to book.

FAQs

What are the causes of Foot Drop?

Foot drop can be unilateral (affecting one foot) or bilateral (affecting both feet). 

Foot drop is a symptom of an underlying problem and is either temporary or permanent, depending on the cause. 

Causes include: neurodegenerative disorders of the brain that cause muscular problems, such as:

  • multiple sclerosis, stroke, and cerebral palsy
  • motor neuron disorders such as polio
  • some forms of spinal muscular atrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • injury to the nerve roots, such as in spinal stenosis
  • peripheral nerve disorders such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease or acquired peripheral neuropathy
  • local compression or damage to the peroneal nerve as it passes across the fibular bone below the knee
  • muscle disorders, such as muscular dystrophy or myositis.

Treatments

Ankles

Ankle orthoses suitable for your needs, either ready to wear, or custom made, our area of expertise.

Footwear

Footwear supporting you with a variety of options, perfectly suited to your needs.

Paediatrics

Supporting children's orthoses needs with our range of Paediatrics custom or ready to wear solutions

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appointment

Call us on 0800 550 632 to book an appointment