Would like feedback/thoughts/ on foot drop and surgery

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Would like feedback/thoughts/ on foot drop and surgery

Postby Thumper » Sun Mar 05, 2006 12:33 pm

Greetings to all, I recently found this site and was pleased to know there is hope things can be done to improve the outcome of foot drop. In Nov 2005 I was left with severe foot drop due to a nerve root compression caused by disc herniation at L4-5- S1, unfortunately in my case I was bounced from service to service and did not receive surgery for 22days from the intial foot drop. I honestly have been floored by the magnitude at which this injury has changed by daily living activites.. I am also a medical professional and have found this foot drop to be not only physically taxing but mentally taxing. I have been in physical therapy since december 3x a week, along with daily use of a neuromuscular stim unit 3x a day and have had some small improvement. I have to wear a brace when outside the home and activites around the house as well as sleep with a brace at nite. I have secondary back pain that mostly is attributed to the poor gait I have been left with. I am hoping to go back to work this month and regain some resemblance of life before foot drop.. :D I would like to hear from anyone concerning their experiences, types of braces used and particularly anyone that has had the foot drop surgery.... thanks all for listening...... be well
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Foot Drop

Postby baldhill » Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:03 pm

I have foot drop also, as a result of a total hip replacement. Peroneal neuropathy I think, although my doctors have never used that term. I wear a brace outside the home and get along okay as long as I don't move too quickly.
I'm frustrated that the doctors are asking me just to wait and see five months after the problem occurred.
I saw a story in the WSJ 2/21/06 that discussed nerve transplants, transfers, grafts and nerve tubes. They interviewed Dr. Allan Belzberg from Johns Hopkins. I called him but he didn't return the call.
Anybody have any experience with any of these techniques? Oh, and my advice is, [u]never[/u] use an HMO (like Kaiser Permanente) for any major surgery.
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