Do you suffer from foot drop after a surgery?
Have you found that ever since your surgery it has become a challenge to walk and you are more prone to falling and exhaustion after the fact?
1.) What Is Foot Drop?
Sometimes, side effects from surgery can not be avoided, such as foot drop. Thankfully drop foot is a quite common condition and one for which there are many options you can use to help you walk better again. – Foot drop is a term used to describe the issue a person has when the struggle to bring their foot up when they are walk. It causes the toes to drag. When you begin to walk with a foot that is dragging more, you can already guess that more work will be involved for you to walk from place to place. When more work is involved, this will then demand more energy from the person while they are walking. It can also increase the incidence of falls as a result. Increased falls can lead to increased incidence of injury.
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3.) Foot Drop Causes
Foot drop can stem from many problems such as a brain tumor or multiple sclerosis. It can also be brought about after surgery. If during your surgery or immediately following it pressure is placed on the nerves responsible for extending from the lower back it can lead to drop foot. During surgery the peroneal nerve can be affected which alters the manner in which you bring your foot up when you walk. There are times when people recover from foot drop 100 %, but this does not happen every time.
4.) AFOs – Ankle Foot Orthosis
Thankfully there are solutions for those who sustain a walking problem. One of the best solutions is to contact a licensed orthotist in your local area. You can find a local orthotist by searching for your particular city name or zip code in conjunction with the keywords “leg brace” or “AFO” in any general search engine. Working with a professional is the only way to ensure you get high quality products that are moulded to your leg and your ankle in just the right way.
These professionals are actually brace specialists who can help you find a custom brace for your foot and ankle that will be easily hidden beneath your clothes and help support you when you walk. The brace that you will get is called an ankle foot orthosis or AFO. It can help you to improve your walk in many ways. It can improve your balance as you walk. It can improve the speed at which you walk. It can also reduce any fear you may have of falling. These benefits are afforded to you each and every day and make your life much easier.
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