Treating Foot Drop Before It Becomes Serious
When you’re used to walking normally, a sudden change in your stride or mobility can take you by surprise. But if you’ve had a slightly abnormal stride for a while, you might not even notice a problem. The latter is what commonly occurs in people suffering from foot drop.
Foot drop, also known as drop foot, is a neuromuscular condition that affects mobility in the toes of one or both feet. Due to weakness in the front of the foot, patients with foot drop might drag their feet when they walk or step high to compensate.
Although many patients get used to their new gait relatively quickly, we encourage anyone experiencing these symptoms to seek treatment before the problem has the opportunity to worsen. The chiropractic team at Advanced Spine and Posture in Las Vegas, NV, may be able to diagnose the underlying cause of your foot drop and put you on the path to easier movement.
The dangers of foot drop
Foot drop is often characterized by weakness in the foot, but specifically in the front of the foot near the toes. This weakness can be caused by a range of underlying health problems related to your nerves and muscles.
The condition might stem from a nerve problem in the spine; leg; or foot; such as nerve root compression or nerve damage in the peripheral or spinal nerves. A few examples of food drop-related conditions include herniated d3 riscs; spinal stenosis; and surgical complications.
Some cases of foot drop might also caused by muscular issues instead of nerve problems. Weakness of the muscles in the hips or legs may cause the toes to hit the ground first, rather than the heel.
Although the most common symptom is the dragging of the toes or using an abnormally high gait while walking, you may also experience a loss in balance; tripping; wide-spread foot weakness; numbness; and tingling. In some cases, foot drop can also cause pain.
Without treatment, foot drop has the potential to worsen due to the underlying condition that’s causing it. Over time, you may lose more control of your foot and have more difficulty walking. The ways that foot drop affect your mobility and stride may lead to muscular atrophy in the legs and feet; an abnormal posture; and even hip problems due to compensation.
Additionally, not treating the underlying problem could potentially lead to additional problems throughout the body. For example, if foot drop is being caused by a herniated disc compressing a spinal nerve, you may begin to experience additional discomfort in the legs and back over time.
Because it is often caused by an underlying condition, treating that underlying condition may provide significant improvement in leg and foot function. First, however, you must identify the source of the problem.
Visiting a chiropractor may help you uncover the underlying condition that are causing your foot problems – whether it is related to the nerves; muscles; or something else. From there, your chiropractor can create a treatment plan designed to potentially alleviate your symptoms and address the root of the problem. This treatment plan may include physical therapy; stretches; and chiropractic manipulations to alleviate pressure on the nerves in your spine and legs.
If you’re struggling with the symptoms of foot drop, reach out to the spinal experts in Las Vegas, NV – Advanced Spine and Posture. We use comprehensive diagnostics and treatment techniques through our holistic Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to assist patients back to full functionality.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.