Foot drop (also known as drop foot) happens when a person isn’t able to full lift their forefoot for some reason or another. This makes walking and running difficult as the toes drag across the ground. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to talk about foot drop, what causes it, and how physical therapy can act as an effective treatment option.
What is Foot Drop?
Foot drop is a condition in which the front of the foot drops due to weakness or damage, causing the toes to drag when walking. Here are some of the common causes of the condition:
- Nerve Injuries in the spine or peripheral nervous system.
- Muscle disorders, such as muscular dystrophy or polio.
- Brain or spine issues, such as MS or cerebral palsy.
These causes can be genetic, or stem from a specific injury or condition.
Treating Foot Drop with Physical Therapy
Foot drop can be treated with a variety of methods. The first step in the process is determining what caused the foot drop. Has it existed since birth? Did it develop after a specific accident or injury? These factors give important context to a medical professional who is arranging a treatment plan. Depending on the cause of the foot drop and other factors, treatment may involve bracing, physical therapy, or surgical intervention. Physical therapy is a common and effective treatment option for foot drop.
Edina Physical Therapy Clinics
At OrthoRehab Specialists, our Minnesota physical therapists have been treating patients for almost three decades. We are well established and respected in the industry. We work with over 600 local providers who regularly refer their patients to us when they need continued rehabilitation care. You can also make an appointment with us even if you don’t have a referral because we offer direct access to physical therapy care within the state of Minnesota. Our primary clinics are located in Minneapolis and Edina, but we provide physical therapy treatment to patients throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Contact us today to set up your appointment!