Do you suffer from foot drop?
Do you want to walk better again?
Foot drop can be a permanent condition. No, this is not always the case… Recovery depends on the potential for healing. Sometimes people have the opportunity to continue healing and others do not. If you suffer from foot drop, then we can feel your pain. That is why we are writing this free article to help. This free health information can help you walk better again. Read on for more information.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica can refer to abnormal sensations in the leg. This can be discomfort, weakness, numbness or even tingling. Sciatica can be caused by injury or compression of the sciatic nerve. It is important to note that sciatica is a symptom of a greater medical problem, it is not its own medical condition. The sciatic nerve originates in the spine and runs down the back of each leg. It is a very important nerve because it controls muscles in the back of your knee and lower leg. It also provides sensation to the back of your thigh and lower leg, down to the sole of your foot. In some cases, the pain that is associated with sciatica is so severe that a person will be unable to move.
3.) Common causes of sciatica include:
•Degenerative disk disease (DDD)
•Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
•A pelvic injury (such as a fracture)
Sciatica can cause weakness in the movement of your foot. Often times drop foot is caused by injury to the peroneal nerve. It is important to note that the peroneal nerve is a division of the sciatic nerve. Therefore, if you have sciatica, you can also have foot drop symptoms.
4.) Walking Better Again
If you have foot drop and sciatica, then you will want to talk to your local, licensed orthotist. These individuals are brace specialists. They can make you a special brace called an AFO that is low profile in design and can help support your foot and ankle, if you have foot drop. These braces are usually made of plastic and can be a great aid to you if you suffer from foot drop for any reason. There is also a device that is FDA approved, called the WalkAide. It can help many people with foot drop as well.
Note: For medical advice on bracing or the WalkAide, it is important to talk with your local, licensed orthotist. This is health information.