What is a Foot Drop and Why is it so Painful?

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If you’ve ever experienced difficulty lifting the front part of your foot, you may be experiencing a painful condition called foot drop, or drop foot. Foot drop varies in severity, but it may cause you to drag your foot along the ground while walking. Additionally, foot drop can make it difficult to perform daily tasks, like traveling up stairs.

If you’re experiencing foot drop symptoms in Lithia, FL, it’s advisable to contact Strong Life Chiropractic as soon as possible. Foot drop in and of itself isn’t an illness or disorder – in fact, it’s a symptom of an underlying neurological or muscular issue. Without a visit to a qualified medical practitioner, your foot drop and the issues behind it will go unresolved.

Possible problems causing your foot drop

Foot drop is almost always a symptom, not the true condition. There are a number of muscular and neurological conditions that can project themselves via the development of a foot drop, including the following:

  • Nerve damage: The most common and easily treatable source of foot drop is nerve damage. This usually occurs when a nerve in the spinal column becomes compressed. Nerve damage may occur because of repeated stress or it may be caused by direct trauma. Workplace injuries can commonly cause foot drop.
  • Brain or spinal conditions: Injuries to the brain or spinal column can also cause foot drop, as well as a slew of other nervous conditions. There are a number of diseases that may also cause brain and spine conditions, including multiple sclerosis, ALS and more. People with diabetes are also more likely to experience foot drop.
  • Muscle disorders: There are a number of muscle-degenerative diseases that may contribute to foot drop, including Lou Gehrig’s disease and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. That’s why it’s so exceptionally important to have the source of your foot drop diagnosed as quickly as possible.

Treating a painful foot drop

Ultimately, the source of your foot drop will determine the best course of treatment. Depending on the cause of your foot drop, there are a number of different treatment options that your chiropractic advisor may recommend. Some focus on pain, others focus on restoring balance and strength, while still more treatment approaches offer a combination of both:

  • Physical therapy: Often, foot drop results in the slow deterioration of muscles in the foot, leg and ankle. It’s sometimes necessary to work with a qualified medical professional to regain motion and action in the foot.
  • Nerve stimulation: It may occasionally be necessary to stimulate the nerves affecting the foot in order to address foot drop. Chiropractors and other medical professionals may use manual manipulation to stimulate the nerve in question.
  • Braces and splints: Braces and splints may help hold the foot in a normal position, which can make the act of walking substantially easier and less painful. Some braces may be specially fitted to discretely slip inside a shoe.

Strong Life Chiropractic is a natural health clinic in Lithia, Florida offering comprehensive care solutions for people experiencing foot drop and other spine-related conditions. Reach out to a member of our team today to learn more about our personalized Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) treatment solutions and to schedule your first appointment.

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.