What Causes the Foot to Drop Down?

"Hello again. Dr. Danciger from Palm Desert, CA. I wanted to talk a little bit about foot drop, or what also known as drop foot. Drop foot is when you lose some of the ability to bring your toes or your foot up at the ankle. This can result from weakness to the muscles that bring, or what we call dorsal flex, the foot up at the ankle and so you drag your toes, and this could initiate a problem with walking – instability or tripping and falling.

There are many different causes of this possibility of foot drop, and it’s usually from weakness of the muscles. It can be caused from an injury where you can damage the common fibula nerve, which is up in the area just below the knee. This can be a result from knee surgery, from injuries and spraining of the knee, from an ankle injury – any number of injuries can cause trauma to this nerve and can cause the result in weakness and a drop foot. There can also be a back issue, or spinal cord injury, and you can also have brain injuries or problems with tumors as well as Parkinson’s disease and other metabolic disorders that can cause this weakness and a foot drop.

There are certain treatments available, but it needs a thorough diagnosis. We’re here to help! If you have any issues or want further information, give our office a call."

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle