Foot drops are caused by the fact that the body is unable to control the right muscles. The muscles are controlled by nerves. The foot has got its name from the “clap” that is heard when the person puts his foot on the ground, after raising his foot.
With a drop foot you are no longer able to move the foot up. The drop foot gets its name from the fact that people can no longer lift the foot properly when walking. The foot is lifted and will land flat on the floor with a “blow”. Hence the term foot drop. Foot drop is caused by less functioning nerves.
Foot drops are caused by the fact that the body is unable to control the right muscles. The muscles are controlled by nerves. Often a connection cannot be made to the muscles because the nerve can be affected. If the nerve is affected, the foot will no longer rise.
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Foot drop can be the cause of several factors. The most important and main factor of a drop foot is the control of the nerves. A foot drop often occurs due to damage to the nerve in the lower leg (nerve peroneus). This often happens due to trauma, sitting for long periods and often cross-legged or sitting for a long time (while working).
When the nerve becomes pinched or narrowed (stenosis), the signals cannot be propelled to the foot and this can also cause a drop foot. In addition, it is possible that the nerve has been damaged during surgery.
The best way to treat a drop foot is to relieve direct pressure on the nerve. Adjusting the body posture and changing habits is often enough to deal better with a drop foot. Furthermore, there are several exercises to train control / sensation over ankle / foot. Let yourself be informed by a physiotherapist from ProBrace . The drop foot usually recovers within two to three months, but in some cases the drop foot will never disappear. In case of severe weakness or complete paralysis, a combination of physiotherapy with targeted training in combination with a brace / bandage offers the solution.
A drop foot splint, brace, bandage or EVO is an aid that prevents your foot from 'hanging' during the swing phase of the gait or folding down when the heel bone makes contact with the ground (heel leg landing phase). Drop foot braces and bandages are only used for people with weakened foot lifters and a mild drop foot, the AFOs (ankle foot orthosis), on the other hand, are used more for heavy drop foot, heavier injuries and combinations with spasticity. Different variants are available; from very simple to advanced: