It won’t be long for before kids head back to school, dragging their feet every step of the way! Sure, they might be reluctant to say goodbye to their care-free summer days, but when your feet are literally dragging, that’s a sign of an underlying issue that can be much more serious than the back-to-school blues.
Difficulty picking up your foot (or both feet) when attempting to walk – a condition known as foot drop or drop foot — is actually a symptom of an underlying problem or injury that has affected muscles or nerves. The foot becomes weakened or paralyzed, making it difficult to move it forward. Dragging your toes, slapping the front of the foot down, and compensating by swinging your leg or raising your knee higher when you step, are all signs of foot drop. If you notice any of these symptoms, a visit with Dr. Kevin Powers is important to determine the exact underlying cause so proper treatment can begin as soon as possible.
Although treatments for foot drop vary depending on the source of the problem, typically it is treated with braces or splints and orthotic shoe inserts to provide support, as well as physical therapy exercises to strengthen muscles and help with range of motion. Nerve stimulation can sometimes help as well, and in some cases, surgery may be needed to address nerve damage or bones and soft tissues not responding to conservative care. Treatment will also entail addressing the underlying cause, so it’s essential to have your feet assessed at the first onset of symptoms.
In other words, if you think you have drop foot, don’t drag your feet to make an appointment! Call right away to get the help you need so you can back-to-school shop without a problem! Contact our Bloomington, IN office by dialing (812) 333-4422 or by using our online contact form.