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Treatment for Foot Drop

Foot drop is a condition in which the foot is unable to rise up. This means that the muscle that causes the dorsiflexion of the foot. Or makes the foot rise is paralyzed. Foot drop may cause abnormal gait in the person. The treatment of foot drop mainly consists of Physical therapy.

1. Exercises: Exercises are the mainstay of the foot drop treatment. The passive exercises are the most important and started initially. A towel is placed over the upper part of the foot on the sole. You pull the other ends of the towel. This causes the foot to move up and then the gravity pulls it down again. This helps to maintain the muscle function and prevents the muscle from dying.

2. Electrical stimulation: Electrical muscle stimulation too causes the muscle to be stimulated. This too helps in preventing the muscle from becoming atrophied. The muscle properties are maintained because of the muscle action.

3. Foot Drop Night splint: A night splint for foot drop can be used. This will keep the foot in the neutral position (90 degrees) or in the dorsiflexed position. This prevents the Tendo Achilles contracture from occurring.

4. Foot Drop day splints: There are different kinds of foot drop splints that can be worn too. A foot drop spring shoe will help to maintain the normal gait by pulling the foot up when walking.

5. Medications: Depending on the cause of the foot drop, steroids can also be given in the early stages. With all the medical treatment and the Physical therapy exercises and splints, the foot will start becoming normal when the Tibialis Anterior muscle starts functioning again.


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