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Drop Foot

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Information About the Field of Drop Foot

What is Drop Foot?

A drop foot is a foot deformity that is usually acquired. In this case, the arch of the foot (longitudinal arch) is lowered. The extreme case, where the arch is not only dropped but also flat, is called flatfoot.

The foot's arch between the ball of the foot and the heel typically serves as shock absorption when walking. It is formed by ligaments and the foot muscles, thus preventing overloading the knees, hips, back, and intervertebral discs. However, since the feet are like the foundation for a house for humans, a foot malposition can cause further problems in the statics and become the cause of knee, hip, and back pain.

Causes and Symptoms

The causes of flat feet are usually non-physiological stresses. This means that, for example, poor footwear or being overweight weakens the foot muscles and ligamentous apparatus to such an extent that a foot is lowered. Such a lowering can lead to pain on the sole, especially during prolonged stress.

How Is a Drop Foot Diagnosed?

An experienced examiner can often make the diagnosis just by looking. However, many people may also notice an altered footprint (such as in sand) themselves. An X-ray can also be taken to confirm the diagnosis and determine the extent of the problem.

Drop Foot Treatment

Conservative therapy

In conservative drop foot therapy, the patient can influence many things himself. For example, weight reduction is always advisable in cases of overweight. It is also essential to strengthen the foot muscles. Frequent barefoot walking and regular foot exercises strengthen the foot muscles. Furthermore, shoe insoles can be prescribed for stabilization. Such treatment should usually result in freedom from pain.

Drop Foot Surgery

Surgery is not usually planned. However, surgical stabilization is also possible if symptoms persist and the patient desires it.

The Course of Disease and Prognosis

The course is favorable if treatment and training are consistently followed. If not, other foot and leg deformities and overloading may occur.

Which Doctor Diagnoses and Treats a Drop Foot?

If you suffer from foot pain and suspect you have a drop foot, the first contact is your general practitioner, who will refer you to n orthopedist. An orthopedist can initiate possible further treatment. For drop foot surgery, it is best to consult a podiatrist.

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