Drop Foot – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Heier provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of foot conditions. The Carrollton, TX based foot and ankle surgeon specializes in using advanced techniques to treat Drop Foot.

Drop Foot

Drop Foot or Foot Drop is a medical condition characterized by the inability to raise the front part of the foot. This results in dragging of the toes along the ground while walking. The condition occurs due to damage to muscles that control the flexing movement of the ankle and foot. Drop Foot can affect one or both the feet simultaneously.

Causes Of Drop Foot

  • Injury to the peroneal nerve
  • Sitting in a crossed-leg or squatting position for prolonged time periods
  • Sports injuries
  • Excessive use of leg cast
  • Medical conditions such as stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Polio, Muscular Dystrophy and other muscular disorders

Symptoms Of Drop Foot

  • Raising the thigh excessively while walking
  • Dragging the foot or toes while walking
  • Rubbing the toes against the ground while walking
  • Failure to lift the foot at the ankle without support
  • Change in gait

Diagnosis Of Drop Foot

  • The orthopedic doctor may determine the mobility of the affected foot
  • The medical history of the patient may be noted down along with symptoms
  • The doctor may also look for any signs of muscle atrophy
  • Imaging tests such as X ray or MRI scan may be conducted to check for nerve damage
  • Blood tests may be recommended to rule out metabolic causes such as Diabetes
  • Electromagnetic tests may help to diagnose the exact location of nerve damage

Treatment For Drop Foot

Non-surgical treatment

  • The doctor may recommend wearing lightweight brace to provide support to the affected leg. The brace may also maintain the ideal position of the ankle while walking and prevent the foot from rubbing against the ground
  • Physical therapy may be helpful in strengthening the foot muscles
  • Gait training may be required to correct the walking pattern

Surgical treatment

Surgical intervention may be required to treat the damaged nerve. The orthopedic doctor may surgically combine the foot and ankle joint to improve the gait. Tendons from stronger muscles may also be transferred to the ankle joint to improve stability. Vertebroplasty or Kyphoplasty may be performed to treat Drop Foot caused due to a vertebral fracture.

For diagnosis and treatment of Drop Foot, visit Dr. Heier. To schedule an appointment with the foot and ankle surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.